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When should you see a doctor for a cough?

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If your cough isn't getting better after a week, it's time to call your doctor.

See your doctor as soon as you can if your cough interferes with your daily life and ability to work, or if it comes with any of these other symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Ongoing heartburn
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Trouble sleeping

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association; professor of medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Donald R. Rollins, MD, associate professor, pulmonary division, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colo.

American Thoracic Society: "Cough."

Irwin, R. , January 2006. Chest

Morice, A. , September 2006. Thorax

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 25, 2017

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