Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cough Types

Types of cough:

  • Dry cough:
    • No mucus is present
    • Usually due to a minor irritation in the throat or larynx
  • Productive cough:
    • Mucus is present
    • Usually due to an infection
    • Can be blood-streaked in smokers with COPD
  • Acute cough:
    • New
    • Usually due to an infection
  • Chronic cough:

Causes for chronic cough include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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