Coughing is a common symptom indicating an underlying condition including irritation in the airways, lungs or upper respiratory passages. A cough is caused by many things including;

  • Infections of the lungs or upper airway passages. A productive cough may be a symptom of bronchitis, pneumonia, or sinusitis.
  • Viral illnesses including a productive cough with the common cold. Coughing in this situation is often triggered by mucus that drains down the throat.
  • Chronic lung disease which is a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, or bronchitis which is getting worse when you have an infection.
  • Stomach acid backing up into the esophagus from gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Nasal discharge draining down the back of the throat (postnasal drip). This can cause a productive cough or the feeling that you constantly need to clear your throat.

At Urgent Care LA our doctors can evaluate and treat your cough. Additionally, nebulizer treatments and antibiotics are available in the office for the management of acute coughing episodes.