This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Points in the history

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

Features of the cough:

  • duration
  • constant or intermittent
  • productive or dry cough
  • if sputum - nature of sputum:
    • yellow - suggestive of infection or asthma
    • large amounts of green sputum is suggestive of bronchiectasis
    • pneumococcal pneumonia is suggested by rusty sputum
  • haemoptysis:
    • frank haemoptysis or recurrent small haemoptyses may occur in non-infective coughs e.g. lung cancer
    • infection may present with blood-streaked sputum
    • pulmonary oedema may cause pink, frothy sputum
  • timing:
    • a night-time cough suggests asthma or cardiovascular disease; asthma may also present with an exercise-related cough

Associated factors:

  • acute infection is often accompanied by fever and malaise
  • wheezing occurs in asthma, COPD and pulmonary oedema
  • chest pain
    • pleuritic chest pain occurs in infection and infarction
  • malignancy and tuberculosis should be considered if the patient is suffering from weight loss, anorexia, night sweats
  • a smoking history should be recorded
  • occupational history
  • history of allergy
  • drug history e.g. ACE inhibitors can cause a dry cough

Create an account to add page annotations

Annotations allow you to add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation. E.g. a website or number. This information will always show when you visit this page.

The content herein is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the need to apply professional clinical judgement when diagnosing or treating any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Connect

Copyright 2024 Oxbridge Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of OmniaMed Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence.