Why You Should Have One Doctor for the Whole Family

It is very important that you have one primary doctor that coordinates all of your care. This is important because a medical practitioner that is so fully aware of your medical conditions and history is going to be best able to make sure that you don’t have any complications from interactions with other providers, especially specialists. This is why insurance companies require you to choose a primary care physician.

Yet if you have a family with children, a family practice doctor could be the best option for not just your care, but the healthcare of everyone in your family. There are several advantages to doing this instead of getting a different doctor for each member of the family.

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When to See a Doctor for a Cough

Most of the time a cough is nothing to worry about. Most coughs do not last long, and they are usually caused by things in our environment or irritation to the lungs. These coughs are nothing to worry about and will go away on their own. Some coughs are the result of a mild viral cold, but this too doesn’t usually require any type of treatment.

However, there are some situations in which you should see a doctor for a chronic cough. A chronic cough is a cough that does not go away after 8 to 10 days, and may actually hang on for months at a time. Some chronic coughs are unavoidable, such as long-time smokers cough and allergy symptoms, but for the most part a chronic cough is an indicator that some type of treatment is required.

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