In most cases, there isn’t usually a need to visit a GP for a cough. However, it is advised to seek medical advice should any of the following apply:
- The cough has lasted for longer than three weeks
- The cough is particularly severe or seems to be getting worse
- The cough is causing breathing difficulties
- You are experiencing chest pain
- You are coughing up blood
- If there are any additional unexplained symptoms, such as weight loss, lumps or swellings, or a persistent change in voice
If your GP is unsure as to what’s causing the cough, they may need to refer the case to a specialist for further assessment. This could include having a chest X-ray, breathing and allergy tests, or analysing a sample of phlegm to check for the cause of infection.