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DispatchHealth is pleased to offer in-home care for a wide array of illnesses, including coughing. When you need treatment, just call us or request care through our website or mobile app, and we’ll arrange to have our medical team arrive at your home within just a few hours. We can perform nearly every medical service for non-life-threatening conditions, while sparing you the hassle of having to spend time in a germ-filled waiting room at a health care facility. And, if you’re concerned about pricing, you’ll be glad to know that our mobile service costs about the same as treatment at an urgent care clinic, and just a fraction of what you would pay for an ER visit.

If this is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.

When to seek treatment for a cough

Occasional coughing is normal. In fact, it’s healthy — when something irritates your throat or your airways, your body reflexively coughs to force out the irritant, thereby protecting your lungs from inflammation and infection. In some cases, however, coughing can signal something more serious. You should seek treatment for a cough if you’re also:

  • Producing bloody or discolored mucus
  • Wheezing
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Experiencing a fever
  • Feeling pain in your chest

You should also seek treatment for a cough that persists for several weeks, since prolonged coughing could cause headaches, dizziness, fainting, sleeplessness, and urinary incontinence. In some cases, if the coughing is vigorous enough, it could even fracture one of your ribs.

What can cause chronic coughing?

If you’ve been coughing for weeks on end, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. People often jump to the worst possible conclusion — imagining that they have lung cancer or heart failure — but in many cases, chronic coughing is caused by a much less serious condition. Here are just a few conditions that commonly cause a nagging cough:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Postnasal drip

ACE inhibitors, which are frequently used to manage high blood pressure, can also lead to chronic coughing. Regardless of what’s causing your cough, it’s important to seek care as soon as possible so that you can achieve relief and get back to your daily routine. If you’ve been coughing for several weeks, contact DispatchHealth today to arrange treatment for non-life-threatening conditions.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell MD, MS on July 24th, 2019

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