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4 Tips for Managing a Post-Viral Cough

Have you ever had the flu, thought you were better, just to end up with a cough that just wouldn’t quit? It’s more common than you might think. According to the CDC, acute bronchitis, aka that chest cold with a painful cough, is usually caused by a virus and often occurs after an upper respiratory infection.

The problem with post viral acute bronchitis is that it isn’t treatable with antibiotics, meaning it must run its course. So what can you do? Well, start by talking with a provider to make sure your cough really is viral, and not something more serious like whooping cough or pneumonia. Then follow some of the CDC’s recommendations, along with your care provider’s recommendations, to help you feel better!

  • Use a clean humidifier, cool mist vaporizer, or take deep breaths over steaming water
  • Stay hydrated and rested
  • Use over the counter pain relievers
  • Use over the counter cough and cold medicines

Our providers are on standby to help as we move into this cold and flu season. Our MEDcare centers are open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day of the week- no appointment necessary! Don’t forget, we offer an online Save My Spot check-in process here. We look forward to helping you Get Better. Faster.

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