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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.

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Urgent Care News: Flu Season Has Arrived

Urgent Care Topic: Amarillo, Texas Flu Cases Increasing

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Earlier in the year, influenza (the flu) experts predicted that the flu season would arrive late to the Amarillo, Texas area as very few cases had been reported, but that has changed. According to the Department of Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo sees the flu hit around February, but the last few years the peak has arrived in December or January. CareXpress Urgent Care has already treated several cases of the flu and we’re here to let you know that we can help as the flu has arrived!

People often mistake the nicer winter weather as a sign that the flu or other illnesses aren’t something to be worried about, but people who have not received their flu shots are at risk. Think about touching a germ filled door knob, shaking hands with someone who is sick, or spreading germs from one surface to the next.

The top recommendation from our urgent care for flu season would be to keep on eye on your immune system. If you notice any of these flu symptoms, seek treatment:

  • Severe aches in the muscles and joints
  • Pain and tiredness around your eyes
  • Weakness or extreme fatigue
  • Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
  • A headache
  • A dry cough
  • A sore throat and runny nose

Secondly, if you haven’t received a flu shot come on in! Our urgent care nurses would be happy to help you protect yourself and others. Lastly, the best thing you can do other than prevention is to keep your hands washed thoroughly, cover your sneezes and coughs, and stay home if you do get sick.

If you need a flu shot or treatment for the flu, please feel free to visit CareXpress Urgent Care.