Cough Treatment Questions and Answers
At East County Urgent Care, we would be happy to answer any of your questions about cough treatment. For more information, call us or make a booking online.
Cough usually persists over time. Chronic cough is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. For more information, call us or book a visit online. We serve patients from El Cajon CA, Wells Park CA, Rancho San Diego CA, Hillsdale CA, Alpine CA, Santee CA, and Jamul CA.
Every year, thousands of Americans experience a respiratory illness and rush to the hospital for fast and attentive care. Unfortunately, hospitals often do not provide fast medical attention and respiratory patients are left waiting for hours before a physician is available. At East County Urgent Care in El Cajon, CA our medical team provides walk-in urgent care services for respiratory illness, so that you and your loved ones do not have to wait for hours in order to feel better. We are a family friendly urgent care clinic that provides comprehensive care for adults, children of all ages, and seniors.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is caused by a variety of issues, but usually results in wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath. Our doctors can provide attentive and specified care for each patient’s asthma at East County Urgent Care.
Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs)
The symptoms of a URI can include runny nose, nasal congestion, or sneezing and are caused by inflammation of the mucus membrane. We provide effective treatment for URIs on site at our walk-in clinic.
How is a cough treated?
Most coughs do not require medical treatment and can be treated with lifestyle or at-home remedies like lozenges, cough drops, gargling with salt water, or taking a hot and steamy bath or shower. However, in some cases, a cough does require medical care at an urgent care or primary care clinic. In such cases, your doctor will likely perform testing to determine the cause of the cough. Some possible tests could include:
- Chest X-ray
- Computerized tomography (CT) scans
- Lung function tests, such as spirometry
The testing that your doctor recommends and orders will depend on the severity of your cough, your age, and the success of previous tests to determine the cause. Some common causes of coughs include:
- Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is the chronic form of acid reflux
- Allergic rhinitis
- Bacterial, fungal, or viral infections
- Sinus infections
- Taking certain medications, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- Various lung conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, or lung cancer
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
Depending on what the testing reveals, some possible options for treating a cough include the following:
- Acid blocking medications for coughs caused by acid reflux
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections in the lungs or upper airways
- Antihistamines, corticosteroids, and decongestants for allergies or postnasal drip
- Cough suppressants for symptom relief
- Inhaled asthma medications for asthma-related coughs
- Lifestyle changes, such as curtailing or quitting smoking
- Switching medications
This respiratory illness is caused by inflammation of the bronchial tubes, and usually results in intense coughing fits. It is important to have bronchitis treated quickly as soon as symptoms occur.
Regardless of your respiratory illness, East County Urgent Care has you covered! We provide top-notch urgent care services in El Cajon and are open every day of the week to suit your family’s busy schedule. We hope we can help you and your family feel healthier soon at our walk-in urgent care clinic!
The first sign of a cough is not usually an immediate concern, although it can indicate that you may have an infection or issue with your upper or lower airways. If your cough is not clearing up with at-home remedies and care, or is accompanied by concerning symptoms, it may be best to visit an urgent care clinic or make an appointment with your primary care provider
Does a cough get better on its own?
In most cases, a cough will get better on its own. However, if it doesn’t, it could be a sign of an underlying condition or illness that requires treatment. In general, coughing is one of the ways that your body expels allergens, microbes and other unwanted airway invaders. As such, a cough will usually last as long as the underlying condition that is causing it is present.
How do I know if my cough is serious?
Some signs that your cough is serious, to varying degrees, include the following accompanying symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Cough lasting longer than eight weeks
- Cough with blood or greenish-yellow mucus
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Swollen ankles or feet
- Unexplained weight loss
- Vomiting from coughing so hard
How long is too long for a cough?
Coughs are often classified according to how long they last. Coughs that last less than three weeks are known as acute coughs, while coughs that last between three and eight weeks are referred to as subacute coughs. If your cough lasts longer than eight weeks, it is diagnosed as a chronic cough and may be due to an underlying medical condition. If this is the case you should seek medical attention for any cough that persists beyond eight weeks.
East County Urgent Care provides high-quality testing and treatment for any concerning cough you have. For an appointment or more information about cough treatment at East County Urgent Care, please feel free to give us a call or visit our clinic at 1625 E. Main Street, Suite 100, El Cajon, California, for a walk-in appointment. We serve patients from El Cajon CA, Wells Park CA, Rancho San Diego CA, Hillsdale CA, Alpine CA, Santee CA, and Jamul CA.
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