Symptom: Cough


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Cough: Any type of coughing symptom.
Introduction: This page examines a list of conditions causing cough. More detailed information is available in the analysis of cough as a condition.

Everyone is familiar with a cough that follows cold or flu, and indeed these are the most common causes. These and other viral infections are the most common cause of acute cough, particularly in children. Other possible causes of recurrent cough in children include asthma, bronchiectasis, or even cystic fibrosis; some of these conditions allow frequent viral infections and thus recurrent cough. But a cough could also be a different infectious respiratory condition such as whooping cough, or a sign of a chronic lung condition such as emphysema or COPD, or even lung cancer. Whooping cough is uncommon in infants due to vaccination but is surprisingly common in adults (because vaccination wears off) and is often undiagnosed.

Chronic cough can indicate a variety of possible conditions. In adults it is often chronic bronchitis, COPD, smoker's cough, GERD, postnasal drip, asthma, allergies, or even just habitual coughing. Underlying asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, GERD, and enlarged adenoids are all possibilities with recurrent or chronic cough. Also possible is cancer or tuberculosis.

Much more detailed information is available in the analysis of cough as a disease.


Detailed cause information for symptom: Cough:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Cough (24 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Cough (87 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Cough (5 conditions)

  • Disease information: see also Cough condition information
    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Cough: Coughing blood (16), Dry cough (19), Wet cough (27), Coughing spasms (7), Persistent cough (21), Chronic cough (21), Severe cough (21), Night cough (2), Mild cough (5), Sputum symptoms (14)
    Cough type of: Common symptoms (662), Respiratory symptoms (172), Lung symptoms (123)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Cough: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Cough as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Cough: The following list of conditions have '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.

    A

  • Acute Appendicitis ... abdominal pain on coughing
  • Acute Bronchitis ... productive cough, painful cough, coughing up pus in sputum, dry cough
  • Adenoviruses ... croup
  • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis ... coughing up brown-flecked masses or mucus plugs, coughing
  • Allergies ... Coughing
  • Alveolar Hydatid Disease ... cough, coughing blood
  • Asbestosis ... coughing blood, persistent cough
  • Ascariasis ... coughing
  • Asthma ... cough worse at night, coughing, persistent cough

    B

  • Blastomycosis ... productive cough
  • Bronchiectasis ... paroxysmal coughing, morning cough, coughing foul-smelling sputum, coughing blood, coughing green or yellow sputum, chronic cough
  • Bronchiolitis ... hacking cough
  • Bronchitis ... productive cough, persistent winter cough that disappears in summer, painful cough, coughing up pus in sputum, cough with sputum, persistent cough
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia ... cough

    C

  • Cancer ... Persistent cough
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning ... Persistent cough
  • Chemical pneumonia ... coughing
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae ... gradual onset of cough
  • Chronic Bronchitis ... productive cough, persistent winter cough that disappears in summer, cough with sputum, persistent cough
  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease ... persistent cough
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ... frequent coughing, severe cough from respiratory infection, sputum, Daily morning cough, occasional coughing, chronic cough
  • Chronic Sinusitis ... coughing, chronic cough
  • Coccidioidomycosis ... cough
  • Collapsed lung ... coughing
  • Common cold ... cough
  • Croup ... cough, characteristic crowing-sound breathing, barking cough, night coughing attacks
  • Cystic Fibrosis ... coughing, chronic cough with thick mucus, chronic cough with thick mucus, chronic cough with thick mucus, chronic cough with thick mucus, thick sticky mucus, productive cough with thick mucus

    D

  • Dengue hemorrhagic fever ... cough
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy ... cough
  • Dust mite allergies ... Coughing

    E

  • Ehrlichiosis ... cough
  • Emphysema ... cough with sputum
  • Epiglotitis ... cough
  • Esophageal atresia ... excessive coughing, coughing when trying to swallow
  • Esophagus Cancer ... Coughing up blood, chronic cough

    F

  • Familial emphysema ... cough with sputum
  • Fascioliasis ... cough
  • Flu ... dry cough

    G

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease ... coughing, dry cough
  • Goodpasture syndrome ... coughing up blood (hemoptysis)

    H

  • Hay fever ... Coughing
  • Heart failure ... Persistent coughing, cough, coughing up blood
  • High altitude pulmonary edema ... cough
  • Histoplasmosis ... cough, dry cough, nonproductive cough
  • HIV/AIDS ... coughing
  • Hookworm ... coughing

    I

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis ... dry cough

    L

  • Larynx Cancer ... persistent cough
  • Lassa fever ... dry cough
  • Legionnaires' disease ... productive or non-productive cough, coughing
  • Lung abscess ... productive cough, coughing pus, cough, coughing blood, foul-smelling cough
  • Lung cancer ... chronic coughing, worsening cough, coughing up blood
  • Lung conditions ... coughing up blood, persistent cough
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis ... coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis ... cough

    M

  • Measles ... cough, hacking cough
  • Melioidosis ... cough
  • Mesothelioma ... persistent cough
  • Mold allergies ... Coughing

    N

  • Nocardiosis ... cough

    P

  • Parainfluenza ... cough, croup, croup, croup, croup, croup
  • Plague ... cough
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia ... Cough
  • Pneumoconiosis ... cough
  • Pneumonia ... productive cough, cough with rust-colored sputum, cough with thick yellow-green mucus, dry cough
  • Pneumonic plague ... cough
  • Pneumothorax ... barking cough, dry cough
  • Psittacosis ... productive cough, cough containing pus, pus in sputum, dry cough
  • Pulmonary edema ... cough, dry cough, pink-stained sputum cough
  • Pulmonary embolism ... hemoptysis
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis ... cough, cough with pink frothy sputum

    R

  • Respiratory syncytial virus ... cough

    S

  • Sarcoidosis ... persistent cough
  • SARS ... dry nonproductive cough
  • Schistosomiasis ... cough
  • Silicosis ... cough
  • Sinusitis ... cough, coughing
  • Slap-cheek syndrome ... cough
  • Strongyloidiasis ... coughing

    T

  • Tourette Syndrome ... coughing
  • Toxocariasis ... cough
  • Tracheitis ... dry cough
  • Tuberculosis ... coughing up bloody sputum, persistent cough

    U

  • Upper Respiratory Infection ... cough

    W

  • Wegener's granulomatosis ... cough, hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
  • Whipple's Disease ... cough
  • Whooping Cough ... mild cough, Dry racking cough, Coughing spasms, Cough, night cough, whoop-like cough may recur due to other respiratory infections, mild dry cough
    Conditions listing complications: Cough: The following list of conditions have 'Cough' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Achalasia ... coughing

    C

  • Cystic Fibrosis ... hemoptysis (coughing blood)

    F

  • Flu ... Croup

    G

  • Goodpasture syndrome ... Hemoptysis

    M

  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae ... persistent cough

    Related medical articles for Cough:
  • Introduction: Cough
  • Basic Summary for Cough


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