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CareXpress Urgent Care Discusses Dry Cough Versus Wet Cough

When You Should Visit An Urgent Care For Your Cough


Warmer weather tends to make people think they won’t get sick as often, but as you can imagine, CareXpress Urgent Care doctors see a lot of patients for many different illnesses and often the patients have a cough. A cough can happen to anyone at any time of the year, so don’t think you’re immune!

Did you know that when you cough it is a signal to your body that something is wrong? That’s why you often hear people say “listen to your body“. As you start hacking it be common to wonder if you should bother visiting an urgent care or just let it pass. Knowing when to visit an urgent care for your cough may seem difficult to determine, but the type and duration of the cough will be the key factors. A wet cough may mean something different than a dry cough. To shed some light on these two types of coughs, we’re going over them, today.

Dry Cough: This refers to the fact that no mucus is being produced. The dry cough often sounds like “barking” and it is most associated with sinus infections, viral illnesses, and influenza (or flu).

Wet Cough: This kind of cough is accompanied by phlegm. The wet cough is commonly associated with post-nasal drip, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

It is important to note that the common cold can go either way (wet or dry) and in most cases goes away on it’s own. You can help by always washing your hands, disinfecting your home, and coughing into your elbow to avoid spreading germs via your hands or through the air. The length of your cough will be the test to whether visiting an urgent care is necessary.

The recommendation is that if your cough does not go away within three weeks, it’s time to visit an urgent care doctor for medical treatment. A definite reason to visit an urgent care due to a cough is if you notice the cough is so strong that you feel like vomiting at the end of harsh hacking. This could mean that you have Whooping cough which needs to be treated. Coughs that last eight weeks or more are most likely not going anywhere without some help. These long-lasting coughs can be caused by other things, also, such as acid reflux or Asthma.

If you find yourself in need of medical treatment for ongoing coughs, CareXpress Urgent Care is here for you at several locations. Click here for our locations and hours of operation.