Chronic Cough (cont.)

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What are the different types of coughs?

There are several different types of chronic (or persistent) cough.

  • A dry cough is a cough that does not produce any mucus, is irritating to the lungs and throat and may be a sign of a viral infection or sinus problems.
  • A wet cough is a cough that produces mucus (sputum), and depending on the color, may indicate a bacterial infection.
  • A stress cough is a reflexive spasm of the airways caused when you are under stress. It usually produces no mucus and is not generally related to infections.
  • A 'barking' cough is usually found in children, and may be associated with croup or other viral illness.
  • A cough that causes a 'whooping' sound after the cough may be indicative of a serious infection and should be evaluated by a doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2014

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