Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
Whether it comes on suddenly or it’s a long-lasting problem, a cough may be an indication of a more severe problem. To have an expert assess your symptoms, contact Maiden Lane Medical in New York. You can find the care you need to relieve your symptoms and get back to a state of optimal health. Call or book a consultation online to get started today.
What causes a cough?
Most people associate a cough with having the flu or a sore throat, but many other conditions can cause a cough to develop. Some of the most common causes of coughing include:
- Allergies: often associated with a dry cough, sneezing, and runny nose
- Lower respiratory tract infections: bronchitis, pneumonia, or lung clots
- Lung collapse: due to smoking or trauma
- Heart problems: causing fluid in the lungs and shortness of breath
A chronic cough might also be an indication of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, lung cancer, or tuberculosis.
Do I need to seek medical care for a cough?
Coughs often resolve on their own, but if you have an underlying medical condition, it’s best to seek care before your symptoms worsen. Contact Maiden Lane Medical if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Coughing up blood
- A cough that changes (a dry cough that turns wet)
- A cough that doesn’t get better when other symptoms improve
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
You should also seek medical care if you have a cough that is associated with a fever or a cough that’s interfering with your daily life or sleep patterns.
How are coughs treated?
Treatment for a cough depends entirely on the cause. Sometimes you can remedy a cough with over-the-counter medications.
In cases where you need medical attention, our providers may recommend medications to address infection, inflammation, viruses, or bacterial problems. You might also benefit from lifestyle changes that support your lung health, such as avoidance of irritants or environmental triggers, smoking cessation, or using an air filter in your home.
What can I expect from treatment?
If you’re seeking medical care for a cough that won’t quit, there’s likely an underlying health issue that’s causing your symptoms. We may recommend a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your cough and to treat any other symptoms of your condition.
With the right treatment methods, you’ll find relief from chronic coughing, more restful sleep, and a healthier immune system.
If you have a persistent cough and want a personalized consultation, call Maiden Lane Medical today. You can also schedule a session online immediately using the one-click booking system.
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