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Check Your Symptoms - What to do About a Cough

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Updated April 06, 2014

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Evaluate Your Cough Symptoms
Check Your Symptoms - What to do About a Cough

A photo of a man coughing shows how germs spread.

Photo: James Gathaney/CDC/PHIL

There are so many different types of coughs. Each type of cough is distinct and could help indicate what illness you have. Here we look at the major types of cough symptoms and some possible causes.

Is it a dry cough?


Is it a wet, productive cough?

Is it a wet, non-productive cough?

Is it a painful cough?

Is the cough in a child and sounds like a seal bark?

Is it a chronic cough (lasting longer than 2-3 weeks)?
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