Cough

Updated 25 March 2015

When to see a doctor

If you have a chronic cough, constant sputum production, shortness of breath or have been exposed to known risk factors, you should see a doctor.

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If you have a chronic cough, constant sputum production, shortness of breath or have been exposed to known risk factors, you should see a doctor.

The diagnosis can be confirmed by lung function testing.

Disease symptoms are frequently initiated by a severe attack of bronchitis, usually during the wintertime when influenza and colds are endemic. If you have an irritating persistent cough accompanied by sputum production or a wheeze, you should make an appointment to see the doctor without delay.

(Health24)

 

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