Cough

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Phillip Aguila

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

Eisaku Kamakura

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Respiratory medicine

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  • Have a cough

  • Cough gets worse when I visit a specific relative or friend's house

  • Coughing continuously with high-pitched noises in between coughs

  • I can't sleep well at night because of my cough

  • Coughing continuously so that my face turns red

  • Need to use an inhaler before going for a run

  • Cough is particularly severe at night

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Content updated on Aug 2, 2022

About the symptom

A cough is the body's way of responding when something irritates your throat or airways.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Sickly/pale appearance

  • Respiratory wheeze

  • Fever

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Peripheral cyanosis

Possible causes

  • Cough variant asthma

    A type of asthma where the main symptom is a persistent dry cough. This is due to the airways being highly sensitive and overreacting to foreign substances. The underlying cause is unclear but involves genetics. There are many triggers for asthma flares, including smoke, pollen, dust mite droppings, cold weather, exercise and viral infections.

  • Allergic rhinitis / allergic conjunctivitis (including spring catarrh)

    A condition caused by allergens (substances that cause allergies) such as pollen and dust mites. These result in runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, and itching of the eyes.

  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)

    Viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose and throat pain. The majority of colds are caused by viruses; a small number are caused by bacteria instead.

  • Aerophagia
  • Deep-seated mycosis
  • Acute / chronic tracheitis / bronchitis
  • Post-infectious airway hypersensitivity

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Do you have coughing fits?

  • Do you have a dry cough?

  • Does your face become red when you have coughing fits?

  • Did your cough wake you up at night?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

  • Phlegm

Symptoms treated by the same specialty

References

  • Cough

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cough/

Medically Reviewed By:

Phillip Aguila

Phillip Aguila, MD, MBA

Respiratory medicine, Critical Care

Eisaku Kamakura

Eisaku Kamakura, MD

Respiratory medicine

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