The cough reflex is the body’s defense mechanism against mucus accumulation in the bronchial tubes. Cough is very common and is usually not serious. Coughs frequently accompany an ordinary cold.
Coughs which need to be evaluated further are those which:
- Are accompanied by high fever.
- Persist for more than seven days.
- Interfere significantly with sleep and daily activities.
- Are accompanied by difficulty in breathing.
Any of the before mentioned symptoms should prompt an appointment during regular office hours except coughs accompanied by difficulty in breathing which require immediate care.