Dealing With Persistent Cough Symptoms? Find Relief in Groton, CT
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, you might now think twice about a cough you once would have considered just a tolerable nuisance and nothing more. While it’s true that a persistent cough is a common sign of COVID-19, it’s also a symptom of several other conditions, many of which are less serious. Even so, you’ll probably want to be tested for COVID-19 just to be sure. That way, you can take the most appropriate steps to recover from your illness and avoid infecting others.
The experienced team at PhysicianOne Urgent Care is a reliable source of COVID-19 testing in Groton, Connecticut. We also provide fast and effective treatment for other conditions that can cause cough symptoms, such as:
A respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus, flu is very common, especially between October and March. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that up to 20% of Americans are infected with influenza each year. Much like COVID-19, flu can cause a cough, fever, chills, and body aches.
The Common Cold
Aptly named, the common cold is a viral respiratory infection that affects millions of Americans, with many catching multiple colds over the course of a year. Most colds are harmless and go away on their own within a week or so. In the meantime, however, the symptoms can be uncomfortable. A cold can cause a wet cough, a sore throat, nasal congestion or a runny nose, a mild headache, and a low-grade fever.
A Sinus Infection
Sometimes, the common cold progresses into a more serious sinus infection. Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses—air-filled cavities in your skull—become inflamed and filled with fluid. The trapped mucus can harbor bacteria, leading to infection and irritating postnasal drip that can cause a dry cough and sore throat.
Some cough symptoms are unrelated to an underlying medical condition. For instance, you might develop a cough if you breathe in cold or dry air, talk too loud or too long, or inhale irritants, such as those found in tobacco smoke and many household cleaning products.
Don’t allow cough symptoms to get you down. If you need relief, PhysicianOne Urgent Care is here for you in Groton. Stop by today!