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We all get coughs from time to time.
They’re a natural reaction that gets rid of stuff blocking or irritating your airways and are normally nothing to worry about.
While most coughs are a short-term problem that will go away on their own, if you have a persistent cough, or you’re worried about what you’re coughing up, our doctors can help you.
They’ll talk to you about your symptoms, listen to your cough and suggest treatment.
A cough usually falls into one of two categories; a dry, tickly cough or a chesty cough. A chesty cough will result in you bringing up mucus or phlegm.
If your cough gets worse, or lasts more than three weeks, there are symptoms you need to look out for that will mean you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.
These could all be a sign of a more serious problem, so it’s important you get yourself checked out straight away.
There are lots of potential reasons you might have a cough.
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Rather than treating your cough, it’s best to tackle the underlying symptom that’s causing it.
Popular remedies such as cough syrup and lozenges aren’t effective for everyone, so your doctor may instead investigate the wider cause of your cough and recommend medication for that instead.
As a cough can be caused by a variety of medical issues, your doctor will need to reach a diagnosis before they can recommend treatment.
If you’re concerned about your cough, get the medical advice you need with us today. If prescription medication is required, our doctors can arrange for you to collect this from a pharmacy of your choice.
A cough is often a symptom of another condition, and the seriousness of these problems can vary greatly. For example, a cold or the flu will go away on its own, while allergies can be managed effectively with antihistamines.
However, in some cases a cough (particularly a persistent cough) can be a sign of something more serious, such as:
By talking to a doctor as soon as you become concerned, it’s much easier to treat any conditions that are causing your cough.