May 30, 2016

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Chronic Cough Symptoms & Signs

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Cough is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. Cough is also called tussis. Cough can be categorized as acute (less than three weeks) or chronic (greater than three weeks).

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Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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      • How are peanut allergies managed? What is the treatment for a peanut allergy?
      • Can a peanut allergy be cured or outgrown?
    • Plague (Black Death) Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Transmission to humans occurs via fleas that have bitten...learn more »
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      • Plague (Black Death) facts
      • What is plague? What is the history of plague?
      • What causes plague?
      • What are risk factors for plague?
      • What is the incubation period for plague?
      • What are plague symptoms and signs? What are the different types of plague?
      • Is plague contagious? How is plague transmitted?
      • What is the contagious period for pneumonic plague?
      • How do physicians diagnose plague?
      • What is the treatment for plague?
      • What is the prognosis of plague?
      • Is it possible to prevent plague? Is there a plague vaccine?
      • Could plague be used as a biological weapon?
    • Pneumonia Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Symptoms and signs include cough, fever, shortness...learn more »
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring throughout the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by many conditions including chronic...learn more »
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      • Pulmonary fibrosis facts
      • What is pulmonary fibrosis?
      • What causes pulmonary fibrosis?
      • What are symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis?
      • How is pulmonary fibrosis diagnosed?
      • How is pulmonary fibrosis treated?
      • What are the complications of pulmonary fibrosis?
      • Can pulmonary fibrosis be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for pulmonary fibrosis?
      • Where can I get information to improve the quality of life for those with pulmonary fibrosis?
    • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms include fever and nasal congestion and...learn more »
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      Respiratory Syncytial Virus Article
      • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection facts
      • What is the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?
      • When does RSV infection occur, and who gets it?
      • Who is at risk for severe disease?
      • Is RSV infection contagious, and how is RSV infection transmitted?
      • What are the symptoms of RSV infection?
      • How is RSV infection diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for an RSV infection?
      • How can RSV infection be prevented?
      • Is there an RSV vaccine?
      • What is the prognosis of an RSV infection?
    • Sarcoidosis Sarcoidosis, a disease resulting from chronic inflammation, causes small lumps (granulomas) to develop in a great range of body...learn more »
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      • Sarcoidosis facts
      • What is sarcoidosis?
      • What are causes and risk factors of sarcoidosis?
      • What are signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis?
      • Who gets sarcoidosis?
      • What do we know about sarcoidosis? Is sarcoidosis contagious or hereditary?
      • What are some things we don't know about sarcoidosis?
      • What types of doctors treat sarcoidosis?
      • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose sarcoidosis?
      • What do laboratory tests for sarcoidosis show?
      • What is the treatment for sarcoidosis?
      • What is the prognosis of sarcoidosis?
      • Is it possible to prevent sarcoidosis?
      • Where can a person find more information on sarcoidosis?
    • SARS Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV. Symptoms include fever and...learn more »
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      • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) facts
      • What is severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)?
      • What causes SARS? How is SARS transmitted?
      • What are risk factors for SARS?
      • What are SARS symptoms and signs?
      • How is SARS diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for SARS?
      • What is the prognosis of SARS?
      • Is it possible to prevent SARS?
      • Is there a SARS vaccine? What research is being done on SARS?
      • Where can people get more information about SARS?
    • Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Sinus infection (sinusitis) is caused by allergies, infection, and chemicals or other irritants of sinuses. Signs and symptoms...learn more »
    • Smoker's Lung: Pathology Photo Essay Smoker's lung photo essay is a collection of pictures and microscopic slides of lung disease caused by cigarette smoking....learn more »
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      Smoker's Lung: Pathology Photo Essay Article
      • Smoker's lung introduction
      • What is the structure of the normal lung?
      • What processes determine normal function of the lung?
      • What are the abnormalities (diseases) in smoker's lung?
      • What happens to the lung in emphysema?
      • How does emphysema come about?
      • Why does smoker's lung look black?
      • What happens to the airways in chronic bronchitis?
      • Are smokers with COPD predisposed to developing pneumonia?
      • What about lung cancer in smokers?
      • Are any of the pulmonary consequences of smoking reversible?
      • From what do smokers die?
    • Thymoma Thymoma is an uncommon cancer of the thymus gland. Many thymomas are asymptomatic. When symptoms do occur, they include chest...learn more »
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      • Thymoma facts
      • What is thymoma?
      • What causes thymoma, and what are risk factors for thymoma?
      • What are signs and symptoms of thymoma?
      • What other medical conditions are associated with thymoma?
      • How is thymoma diagnosed?
      • What are the stages of thymoma?
      • What is the treatment for thymoma?
      • What is the prognosis for thymoma?
      • Can thymoma be prevented?
    • Thyroid Cancer There are four major types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. Tumors on the...learn more »
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      Thyroid Cancer Article
      • Thyroid cancer facts*
      • What is the thyroid?
      • What is the thyroid cancer?
      • What causes thyroid cancer?
      • What are the risk factors for thyroid cancer?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of thyroid cancer?
      • What are thyroid nodules?
      • What are the different types of thyroid cancer?
      • How is thyroid cancer diagnosed?
      • How is thyroid cancer staging determined?
      • What kinds of specialists treat thyroid cancer?
      • What is the treatment for thyroid cancer?
      • Surgery
      • Thyroid hormone
      • Radioactive iodine
      • Radiation
      • Chemotherapy
      • What kind of support is available for those with thyroid cancer?
      • What is the prognosis for patients with thyroid cancer?
      • Can thyroid cancer be prevented?
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Symptoms and signs of TB include bloody sputum, fever,...learn more »
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      Tuberculosis (TB) Article
      • Tuberculosis (TB) facts
      • What is tuberculosis?
      • Are there different types of tuberculosis (TB)?
      • What causes tuberculosis?
      • What are risk factors for tuberculosis?
      • What are tuberculosis symptoms and signs?
      • How do physicians diagnose tuberculosis?
      • What is the treatment for tuberculosis?
      • What are complications of tuberculosis?
      • What is the prognosis of tuberculosis?
      • How can people prevent tuberculosis?
    • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection An upper respiratory infection is a contagious infection of the structures of the upper respiratory tract, which includes the...learn more »
    • Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infection is the most common type of infection acquired by patients while hospitalized....learn more »
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      Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Article
      • Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) facts
      • What are vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)?
      • What causes a vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infection?
      • What are risk factors for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections?
      • How are vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) transmitted?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of a vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infection?
      • How do physicians diagnose vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infections?
      • What is the treatment for a vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infection?
      • What is the prognosis of a vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infection?
      • What are the complications of VRE infections?
      • Is it possible to prevent vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections?
      • What precautions should people take when tending to someone with a vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) infection?
      • What research is being done on vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)?
      • Where can people find more information on vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections?
    • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Whooping cough (pertussis) is highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. There...learn more »
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      Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Article
      • Whooping cough (pertussis) facts
      • What is whooping cough? What is the history of whooping cough?
      • What causes whooping cough?
      • Is whooping cough contagious?
      • What is the contagious period for whooping cough?
      • What are risk factors for whooping cough?
      • How long does the whooping cough vaccine last?
      • What is the incubation period for whooping cough?
      • What are whooping cough symptoms, signs, and stages?
      • How long does whooping cough last?
      • What does whooping cough sound like?
      • How is whooping cough transmitted?
      • Can adults get whooping cough?
      • How is whooping cough diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for whooping cough?
      • What is the prognosis for whooping cough?
      • What are possible complications of whooping cough?
      • Is it possible to prevent whooping cough? Is there a whooping cough vaccine?
      • Where can people find more information about whooping cough (pertussis)?
Other Causes of Cough
  • Bacterial Infections of Lungs or Airways
  • Chemical Irritation (Tear Gas, Fumes, Smoke)
  • Medications
  • Viral Infections of Lungs or Airways
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