When to see your GP

There's usually no need to see your GP if you or your childhave a mild cough for a week or two. However, you should seek medical advice if:

  • you've had a cough for more than three weeks
  • your cough is particularly severe or isgetting worse
  • you cough up blood or experience shortness of breath , breathing difficulties or chest pain
  • you have any other worrying symptoms, such as unexplained weight loss , a persistent change in your voice,or lumps or swellings in your neck

If your GP is unsure what's causing your cough, they may refer you to a hospital specialist for an assessment. They may also request some tests, such asa chest X-ray , allergy tests , breathing tests, and an analysis of a sample of your phlegm to check for infection.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018