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Cough Specialist

Rakesh Chugh, MD

Internal Medicine located in Tinley Park, IL

Coughing once in awhile usually isn’t something to worry about, but you should seek medical care for a frequent or severe cough. Depending on what’s causing your cough, you might need simple treatment, such as rest and over-the-counter medication, or more complicated treatment, such as managing a chronic respiratory condition. Rakesh Chugh, MD provides diagnostic services and treatments for adults in Tinley Park, Illinois who have a severe or persistent cough.

Cough Q & A

What symptoms are common with a cough?

When you cough, you might have other symptoms that indicate a viral infection or allergy, such as sneezing or itchy eyes. Your cough might be a shallow, dry one that’s more of a nuisance in general or a deeper one that’s painful and may or may not have phlegm. You might cough throughout the day, or you might have coughing fits that flare up at certain times. Dr. Chugh will evaluate your cough and do tests to find out what’s causing it.

Why am I coughing?

You might develop a cough from acute infections or chronic problems. Acute infections include viral illnesses, such as the common cold and seasonal flu. Chronic problems that might make you cough regularly include allergies, asthma, and post nasal drip from respiratory problems. Other conditions can also cause you to cough frequently, such as acute sinusitis, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Chugh will determine the cause of your cough and recommend treatment as needed.

When do I need medical care for a cough?

You should see Dr. Chugh for an evaluation of your cough if you experience any of the following:

  • Cough lasts for several weeks
  • Shortness of breath or any trouble breathing
  • High fever
  • Cough with thick phlegm that’s green or yellow

What type of treatment do I need for my cough?

Dr. Chugh will go over treatment options with you if you need them, which depends on what’s causing your cough. If you have a mild viral illness, you’ll likely only need rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms.

Managing underlying conditions that cause a cough, such as asthma, heart problems, or chronic sinusitis, should provide you with relief from coughing. If you have a bacterial infection causing your cough, Dr. Chugh will prescribe antibiotics for it.

What else can I do for my cough?

Dr. Chugh will provide you with tips for easing your cough at home, such as using cough drops or adding honey to tea. You might also benefit from using a vaporizer to make the air in your home moister and drinking fluids to make the mucus in your throat thinner.

If you have a persistent or severe cough that isn’t getting better, please contact Rakesh Chugh, MD to set up an appointment.