If you have a cough, when should you go to the doctor?

Please contact your doctor immediately for any of the following concerns8

  • Spitting up blood
  • Chest pain or trouble breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Cough which began after close contact with someone who has whooping cough
  • Cough lasts more than 8 weeks
  • Cough starts to get better and then gets worse
  • Lung problem such as asthma or cystic fibrosis (CF) and have frequent or chronic cough.

Talk to your healthcare provider if the pattern of the cough changes.


Red flags for children’s cough: When to worry about your child’s cough

Consult your child’s doctor if you notice any of the following:23

  • Cough that lasted longer than 3 weeks
  • High temperature, hot and shivery feeling
  • Coughing continues for a long time, worsens at night.

The need for specialist care

Your primary healthcare doctor often will be able to answer your questions about your cough. In case he/she is unable to find the reason for your cough or find solutions to reduce your cough, you may be referred to a lung specialist (pulmonologist)8.