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Symptoms of Cough

Symptoms of Cough: Introduction

A cough can be experienced and described in many ways. This includes having a dry cough that does not produce sputum or phlegm. A dry cough can occur in someone who briefly inhales pollutants in the air. A cough can also be wet and heavy and feel like it comes from deep in the chest and produces phlegm or sputum. This type of cough can occur with smoker's cough, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia.

A cough can also be "tickly" and feel like it comes from the back of the throat, such as occurs with postnasal drip. A loud barking cough is typical of croup.

A cough can be short-lived and disappear quickly, such as when it occurs when briefly inhaling second-hand smoke. A cough can also occur periodically in episodes, such as in whooping cough. A cough can also be chronic and ongoing over a longer period of time, such as when it is due to smoking or lung cancer.

Symptoms that accompany a cough vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, labored breathing and chest pain. Other coexisting symptoms may include headache, fatigue, weakness, sore throat, strider, wheezing, paleness, blueness of the skin (cyanosis) and rash. A cough may also occur without other symptoms.

Complications of a cough include syncope or fainting, vomiting, insomnia, incontinence, prolapsed uterus and hernia.

Complications of underlying causes of a cough vary widely depending on the specific disease, disorder, or condition, and can be serious and life threatening. For example, a wet cough can be due to pneumonia or left-sided heart failure. A cough can also be due to an airway obstruction.

Because a cough can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening disease, condition or disorder, it should be reported to a physician or other licensed health care provider....more about Cough »

Symptoms of Cough

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Cough. This signs and symptoms information for Cough has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Cough signs or Cough symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Cough may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Cough symptoms.


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