Infection is a very unpleasant thing, and unfortunately it is very common in the winter, but do you know when to consult a doctor?
The internal physician (Benjamin Kaplan, MD) revealed that there are some signs that it is important to follow them and consult a specialist if they appear, which are:
- Cough lasting more than 18 days
- Accompanied by shortness of breath
- Mucus draining through the back of the throat (Post nasal drip)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bleeding from the mouth
In general, the cough lasts for a period not exceeding nine days, but if it continues for more than this period, there may be a problem that must be resolved.
A chronic cough is defined as that which lasts for a period ranging from six to eight weeks and is accompanied by some symptoms such as:
- bad breath
- Sour taste in the mouth.
The doctor emphasized that the length of the coughing period is not a frightening matter, but the issue becomes serious if it is accompanied by the symptoms mentioned previously.
When you consult a doctor, you will undergo a set of tests, so that the doctor can diagnose the underlying causes of your injury and thus receive the appropriate treatment for your health condition.