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Is That Nagging Cough Allergies Or Something More?

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Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing doctors offices across the upstate are flooded with patients suffering from respiratory illnesses.

How do you know whether its allergies or an infection?  

Zack Taylor has had a nagging cough.

"I had a sore throat a couple days ago and starting having a lot of chest congestion and cough," Taylor said.  

Taylor is one of the patients that packed into MD360 Urgent Care complaining off coughing and wheezing.

Doctor James Hudson says there are symptoms to look out for to know whether you have allergies or something more.

"if you definitely have fever, chills, cough that's productive of colored sputum that's indicative that it's infectious," Dr. Hudson said.

We also checked in with allergist Dr. Emmanuel Sarmiento.

Dr. Sarmiento has seen an influx of patients who've developed infections on top of their allergies like Janice Moss.

"Just sinus issues sometimes some coughing too," Moss said.

Dr. Sarmiento says most of the cases are viruses and don't need antibiotics.

"Stay at home,drink a lot of fluids, soups and rest," Sarmiento said.

If that's not enough doctors can check to make sure to your lungs are functioning properly.

A persistent cough and congestion can be a sign of something serious.

"Without antibiotics some of these patients can have severe respiratory complications requiring hospitalization," Hudson said.  

It's recommended if your symptoms persist for more than 2 Days to visit the doctor to make sure you don't need antibiotics.

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