Cough Specialist

Mableton Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Mableton, GA

If you have a persistent cough that negatively affects your quality of life, Eddie Turner, MD, and the experienced urgent care team at Mableton Urgent Care have solutions. They find out what’s causing your cough and offer treatments to reduce its severity and prevent complications. Don’t let a cough make you feel uncomfortable when simple treatments are within reach. Schedule an appointment by calling the Mableton, Georgia, office or booking online. You can also simply walk in.

Cough

What is a cough?

A cough is your body’s way of protecting itself and keeping your throat and airway clear. Acute coughs might begin suddenly and last 1-3 weeks, while chronic coughs last much longer. 

If left untreated, vigorous, prolonged coughing can lead to dizziness, fainting, sleeping problems, headaches, urinary incontinence, and vomiting.

What causes a cough?

Numerous illnesses can lead to acute or chronic coughs. Illnesses that can lead to acute coughs include:

  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Inhaling smoke, dust, or chemicals
  • Pneumonia
  • Whooping cough
  • Postnasal drip

Illnesses that can lead to chronic coughs include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Smoking
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Throat disorders
  • Some medications

The medical team at Mableton Urgent Care determines what’s causing your cough to establish the most appropriate treatment plan.

What is the treatment for a cough?

Your provider reviews your medical history and symptoms and examines you. They listen to your breathing and check your eyes, ears, and throat. Your doctor may also complete lung function, allergy, asthma, or imaging tests to diagnose the cause of acute or chronic coughs.

Your personalized treatment plan depends on the type and severity or your cough. Your doctor might recommend:

At-home care

Home remedies might be all that’s needed to help you recover from illnesses responsible for coughing. Examples include getting plenty of rest, drinking a lot of fluids, taking a steamy shower, and using a cool-mist humidifier. Avoid tobacco smoke and other irritants.

Medications

Your doctor might recommend taking over-the-counter cough medicines or prescription medications to relieve your cough. For coughs caused by allergies or asthma, they may suggest taking allergy medicines or using an inhaler. COPD may also warrant using an inhaler to ease symptoms.

Oxygen therapy

If you have COPD, your doctor might recommend oxygen therapy in addition to medications and an inhaler. This treatment delivers supplemental oxygen to your lungs using portable oxygen units. You might require oxygen therapy just when you sleep, during daily activities, or all the time.

Don’t let a persistent, violent cough lead to complications or hinder your quality of life when simple treatment options are available at Mableton Urgent Care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today, or simply walk in.

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