Have a cough? There’s no time for that! With so many fun activities going on in Ooltewah during the summer, it’s time to leave that cough behind.

How can you tell if your cough is just annoying or something more serious? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah is here to help you find relief for your cough.

Why Am I Coughing?

A cough can occur for a number of reasons. You might be suffering from allergies, have a common cold or be affected by irritants in the air, like smoke.

Most of the time, bouts of coughing last a short time. But if your cough lingers and won’t seem to go away, serious issues can arise:

Results of Coughing Too Much

  • Abdominal hernia
  • Coughed-up blood
  • Cracked ribs
  • Damage to small blood vessels and/or the throat
  • Muscular pain
  • Ruptured diaphragm

How Can I Treat My Cough?

Many times, at-home remedies can help you to find relief from a cough. However, if if your cough lingers for longer than a week, worsens or is accompanied by other symptoms, seek medical attention.

At-home Treatment for a Cough

  • Avoid using perfume or other scented products.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Try an OTC medication or throat lozenges.
  • Use a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air.

Can’t stop coughing? Come by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today so our professionals can help you find relief!