Family Medicine and Pulmonary Disease Practice located in Albany, NY
A cough is often nothing to worry about, but if it becomes chronic or produces mucus, it’s important to get it checked out. At CPI Physicians in Albany, New York, Abul Azad, MD, and Najiib Azad, DO, evaluate your cough symptoms and offer treatment should you need it. Call the office if you’re concerned about an unusual cough or book online for an appointment.
When should I see a doctor for a cough?
A cough is a common symptom of many conditions, including a minor upper or lower respiratory tract infection or exposure to an irritant, such as chemical fumes or smoke.
Usually, a cough resolves on its own, without treatment, in 2-3 weeks. But if your cough lasts longer, or appears alongside other worrisome symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment. Symptoms that can cause concern, especially when they coincide with a cough, include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Swollen glands
- Unexpected weight loss
If you have a compromised immune system or your cough continues to worsen, make an appointment at CPI Physicians.
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a worsening cough can indicate your disease is progressing; seek help right away.
When is a cough a serious condition?
If you have a productive cough, meaning it generates thick green or yellow phlegm, you should make an appointment at CPI Physicians, as it could indicate an infection. Also, be concerned if your cough is accompanied by wheezing or if you’re coughing up blood.
A cough that’s dry, persistent, and leaves you short of breath is also a potentially serious case. Coughing fits that end with a loud “whoop,” especially in young children, may indicate whooping cough.
The experienced team at CPI Physicians offers extensive lung function testing to help diagnose your cough, especially if it’s related to a serious condition, such as asthma or chronic bronchitis.
How can I resolve a cough?
If you have a minor condition causing your cough, at-home remedies can help you find relief.
Over-the-counter cough medicines should be used for a brief time when the cough is at its worst and interfering with sleep. Medications may help ease your symptoms, but they do nothing to treat the underlying cause of your cough.
Don’t use a cough medicine if you have worrisome symptoms as listed above; seek the guidance of CPI Physicians instead.
Other home remedies include:
- Sucking hard candy
- Adding a humidifier to a dry room
- Taking a steam shower
- Staying hydrated
- Avoiding tobacco smoke
Call CPI Physicians if these treatments don’t seem to help and your cough is getting worse. The staff can help you determine the best next step for you. Make an appointment online or call the office today.
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