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Your Cough Is A Clue To What's Causing It

The weather is changing and with cooler temperatures coming in, one of the most common complaints that people present with at a doctor’s clinic is a ‘cough’. Coughing is actually considered a defense mechanism as it is the body’s way to get rid of irritants in the throat. Coughing is elicited by a substance that aggravates the throat lining and is not supposed to be there. If you have a bad cough that’s just not going away, see your doctor or find the best online physician by downloading an online doctor app on your smartphone. 

How can an online doctor help me with my cough?

An online doctor is authorized to treat patients remotely and write e-prescriptions. Experts say that more than 80% of health problems can be treated effectively online. Online health services enable patients to find a doctor in Pakistan. If you’re in Lahore, you can find a doctor in Lahore, or if you’re in Karachi you can find a doctor in Karachi by downloading a telemedicine app on your smartphone. 

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you gain access to an online clinic list of various doctors across Pakistan. You can choose any doctor you want and book an online doctor appointment according to your convenience. Getting an online doctor consultation has never been easier. What better way to start taking care of your health than by receiving expert medical advice from the convenience of your home. 

Why do we cough anyway?

Coughing is basically a reflex in response to any substance that irritates the airway. It is a symptoms that indicates an underlying pathology or illness. A doctor can extract much information from a cough depending on how your cough sounds, how long you’ve had it for, whether it’s wet or dry and when the cough happens. 

A cough can easily be assessed in an online doctor appointment in Pakistan. Why wait long hours in the waiting room of a hospital or waste time in traffic when you can find the best physician online within minutes and get help at home? No matter how minor a symptom or illness is, it is important to seek treatment early on for quick and easy recovery. 

In some cases, a cough can become so severe that it can obstruct the airway and make it difficult to breathe. In such cases, the cough may be productive in which thick mucus plugs block the airway. People also cough when they’re choking on something. If you or your child experiences a sudden, violent cough tend to him/her immediately and call for help. Choking is a medical emergency. Until help arrives you can connect with a physician online for help. 

Signs of choking that you should know about include:

  • Unable to speak or cry
  • Skin of face turns bluish
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Wheezing
  • Odd sounds
  • Sudden panic

Having an online doctor app on your smartphone can potentially even be life saving in such situations as you’ll be able to find a doctor in Pakistan who will be able to guide you over the phone at least until emergency services arrive or you reach a medical setting. Look up the ‘heimlich maneuver’ or ask your online doctor about it and learn what to do in an emergency situation. 

Different types of cough

There are a couple of different types of cough that can describe or provide a clue of the underlying condition that’s causing the cough. Here are the common types of cough:

  • Dry cough.

As the name indicates, this type of cough is non-productive which means that it doesn’t produce any mucus or phlegm. You may experience a tickling sensation at the back of your throat that irritates your airway and causes you to have violent, hacking coughs. A dry cough fit is the most difficult to control. People often have dry coughs at the end of flu or cold or other upper respiratory infections like laryngitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and asthma. Treatment depends upon the cause but getting a humidifier helps maintain the moisture content of the airway. If your cough in uncontrollable then find the best physician online and get treated sooner than later!

  • Wet cough.

A wet cough is one that produces mucus or phlegm. It is commonly associated with the flu or cold and is often accompanied by other symptoms like runny nose, post-nasal drip and a feeling of uneasiness and fatigue. In post nasal drip you feel like your cold is ‘dripping’ at the back of your throat. That not only irritates the throat but facilitates the build up of secretions there. The color of your mucus is important. If you have green mucus or phlegm that usually indicates an infection. Connect with the best online physician from your phone and find out the cause! 

  • Croup cough.

A croup cough is primarily found in children younger than 5 years of age, however older children have it too. It’s called croup because of the coarse ‘barking’ sound it produces. This type of cough results from an upper airway infection or swelling of the upper airway and I becomes difficult to breathe. When it comes to child health, having access to a doctor can be extremely helpful. Book an online doctor appointment with physician anywhere in Pakistan and get expert medical advice on the go. If you’re in Lahore, then find a doctor in Lahore with the app and get an online medical consultation for free. Your online doctor will be able to evaluate the cough on video call. 

A cough may not seem like it needs to be looked at in detail, but the fact of the matter is that it can provide a doctor with important information about the underlying medical illness. Download the My live doctors app on your smartphone or mobile device and instantly find the best physician online. Whether you’re in Karachi, Lahore or any other city, you can easily find a doctor in Pakistan and get treated remotely. It’s quick, convenient and saves you money too!