When Your Cough Won’t Leave

October 16, 2015 02:00 PM

I have a cold” is a frequent complaint during the fall and winter. The usual duration of 7-10 days can sometimes be shortened with good nutrition, sufficient fluids, and plenty of rest. But who has time for that? Most of us tough it out using over-the-counter products to quench the fever, dull the aches, and quiet the cough.

When your cough lingers for weeks after the cold has passed, or if you have persistent symptoms such as copious mucus, difficulty breathing, or a barking sound to your cough, it’s time to be seen by your primary care provider or a pulmonary specialist.  There are many potential causes for a persistent cough including allergies, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), acid reflux, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or even heart problems. Any of these conditions can be treated effectively by one of our skilled healthcare providers. While, in medical terms, a cough is not considered “chronic” until eight weeks have passed, there’s no reason to wait that long to get help. If your cough doesn’t improve once the cold has passed, or if it hangs around longer than two to four weeks, check in with our pulmonary specialists to find the cause.

For an appointment in Hackensack, call: 201.498.1311.


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