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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Night cough. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic i.e. chronic night cough is a night cough that has been present and not improving for more than 4 weeks.
Why: e.g. cough at night or worse at night may suggest asthma, left ventricular failure, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, whooping cough; whereas cough worse on waking suggests bronchiectasis, chronic bronchitis or gastro-esophageal reflux.
Why: e.g. paroxysmal with whoops suggest whooping cough.
Why: hay fever and eczema makes the chance of asthma more likely; heart attack, high blood pressure and rheumatic heart disease increase the risk of left ventricular heart failure.
Why: e.g. asthma; anyone in the family had recent whooping cough.
Why: past and present? - increases the risk of chronic bronchitis which causes a cough which is worse at night.
Why: e.g. pertussis immunization for whooping cough.
Why: If there is sputum production, describe it? - e.g. yellow-green thick and sticky may suggest asthma; pink and frothy may suggest left ventricular failure with pulmonary edema.
Why: may suggest chronic bronchitis or left ventricular failure.
Why: usually suggests asthma but may also be chronic bronchitis or left ventricular heart failure.
Why: more likely to suggest asthma as cause of night cough.
Why: In acute cases may suggest acute left ventricular heart failure. In chronic cases may suggest asthma or chronic left ventricular heart failure.
Why: may suggest whooping cough.
Why: may suggest whooping cough.
Why: suggests left ventricular failure.
Why: suggests left ventricular heart failure.
Why: e.g. fever, loss of appetite, runny nose, red eyes, paroxysms of severe coughing with inspiratory whoops. May have vomiting at the end of the coughing bout. Cough is worse at night.
Why: e.g. intermittent wheeze, shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough (especially at night). Night cough may be the only symptom.
Why: e.g. shortness of breath on exertion, orthopnea (breathlessness lying down flat), paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (inappropriate severe breathlessness causing waking from sleep.
Why: e.g. offensive postnasal mucous, may have bad breath, nasal obstruction and a night cough. Associated with symptoms of sinusitis including facial pain and tenderness.
Why: e.g. cough with sputum on most days for atleast three months of the year for atleast two consecutive years. May also have an audible wheeze.
The following list of conditions have 'Night cough' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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