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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my cough?

Yes, absolutely. In most cases, a Maple doctor can diagnose your cough online by asking about your symptoms and observing your condition. Once you describe your symptoms to the doctor, they will be able to diagnose, prescribe appropriate medication, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest you go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or we’ll deliver it right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What is a cough?

A cough is a reflex action to remove mucus or other irritants from your throat and airways. Coughs can be caused by infections, such as colds or pneumonia, as well as inflammatory conditions such as asthma.

There are typically three time courses of coughs:

  • An acute cough which lasts less than three weeks
  • A subacute cough lasts anywhere between 3 to 8 weeks
  • A chronic cough which lasts for more than 8 weeks
What are the symptoms of a cough?

The symptoms you may experience with a cough are dependent on whether the cough is acute, subacute or chronic. Some symptoms that commonly occur with a cough include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
How can I treat a cough?

Most acute coughs can be treated at home by taking over-the-counter or prescription medicine or lozenges to soothe your throat. You may also try the following:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and warm liquids to keep your throat moist and comfortable
  • Use a clean humidifier to add moisture back into the air and breathe in shower steam
  • Avoid and remove common irritants from the air such as perfumes and smoke
  • If your cough is due to conditions such as asthma, inhaled prescription medications are often effective to reduce symptoms.

Chronic coughs require in person examination and testing to ensure you are not suffering from a more serious condition.

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start consulting with a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

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