In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Kelly Maedo discusses Cough and Congestion in Adults.
Well it’s that time of year again where everyone is starting to get the sniffles or a little cough, and the question everyone has is, what can I do for it?, and when do I need to come see a doctor?
Well first of all, there are a lot of things that you can do for yourself for your cough and congestion that is available over the counter. Typically, when you have a runny nose, antihistamines are very good for that. Treating congestion, as far as feeling very stuffy, that is what we call decongestants. There are a couple main kinds.
One is the pseudoephedrine that is behind the counter, and another common one is something called phenylephrine. Both of those medications can raise blood pressure in people that have trouble with high blood pressure so if you have problems with high blood pressure, you probably should not take those kinds of decongestants.
Typically unless you’re running a high fever, you can wait anywhere from three to five days to come to the doctor cause typically these are caused by allergies are a viral illness. Viral illnesses run their course in about 5-7 days and there’s not a lot the doctor can do about viral illnesses. If after 5-7 days you’re still having trouble with coughing and congestion, I’d definitely recommend coming in to see the doctor to see if there is something more serious going on.
Always if you start running a high fever, greater than 100.4, that would be something to come in to the doctor and get looked at to see if it might be something more serious.
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