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Coughing is a common bodily function, but when it becomes persistent, heavy, or painful, it may indicate a more serious underlying health condition. At Cermak Immediate Care, located in Cicero and Roseland in Chicago, Illinois, we specialize in diagnosing and treating various types of coughs, helping our patients achieve relief and maintain their health.

Why Do We Cough?

A cough is your body’s natural reflex to clear the throat and airways of irritants, phlegm, or other obstructions. It is triggered when irritants stimulate nerves in the lining of the respiratory passages, sending a signal to the brain, which then instructs muscles to forcefully expel air from the lungs.

While occasional coughing is normal and healthy, a persistent cough that lasts for weeks or comes with other symptoms like mucus or blood can be a sign of a medical issue that requires attention.

Causes of Persistent Coughing

Coughing can be caused by various conditions, ranging from mild to severe. Some common causes include:

  • The Common Cold: A viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that typically resolves within 10 days.
  • Asthma: A chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the airways and sensitivity to various triggers, leading to breathing difficulties and coughing.
  • Bronchitis: An inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which can be acute or chronic, often resulting in a heavy, persistent cough.
  • Allergies: Reactions to allergens like pollen, dust, or pet dander can also cause a chronic cough.

Treatment Options to Relieve Coughing

At Cermak Immediate Care, treatment for a cough depends on its underlying cause. After a thorough evaluation, which may include a physical exam and diagnostic tests, our healthcare team will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Possible treatments include:

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of fluids can help loosen mucus in the airways, making it easier to cough up.
  • Medications: Depending on the cause, medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, or asthma medications may be prescribed.
  • Cough Suppressants: These may be used to control coughing if it is severe and disruptive.
  • Humidifiers: Adding moisture to the air can soothe irritated airways and alleviate coughing.

Chronic Cough: A Sign of Something More?

A chronic cough can be more than just an annoyance; it can be a symptom of a deeper health issue, such as:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Especially in smokers or long-term exposure to harmful pollutants.
  • Heart Failure: Coughing can sometimes be a symptom of heart disease, especially if it worsens when lying down.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Acid reflux can irritate the throat and airways, leading to a chronic cough.

FAQs About Coughing

Visit Cermak Immediate Care for Your Cough in Chicago

If you’re struggling with a persistent or painful cough, don’t wait to seek professional medical care. Visit Cermak Immediate Care in Cicero or Roseland to get the comprehensive evaluation and treatment you need. Our team is ready to provide you with personalized care to address your cough and improve your overall respiratory health.

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Convenient Locations and Accessibility

Located near major expressways and well-connected by public transport, our clinics in Cicero, Chicago, Roseland, Hoffman Estates, and Rolling Meadows are easily accessible. We cater to the needs of our community by offering flexible visiting hours, including walk-in options and the ability to schedule appointments online or by phone. This ensures that you can receive care when it suits you best.


Cermak Immediate Care

5741 W Cermak Rd
Cicero IL 60804


Cermak Immediate Care

2408 W Cermak Rd
Chicago IL 60608


Cermak Immediate Care

134 W 111th St Floor 2
Chicago IL 60628

Hoffman Estates

Rapid Immediate Care

925 N Roselle Rd
Hoffman Estates IL 60169

Rolling Meadows

NewMed Immediate Care

1669 W. Algonquin Rd
Rolling Meadows IL 60008