To get rid of a cough, it is important to first find its cause. The type of cough, the duration of the cough and associated symptoms might give an indication to what the cause might be. Most coughs, usually caused by viral infections, will clear by themselves, but it is important to have your cough examined by a doctor when it is persistent. Various special investigations can be done to determine the cause of a cough. The following is a condensed overview on the approach your doctor might use:
All diagnostic approaches start with full history taking and physical examination.
Clinical examination usually gives a very clear indication of the cause of the cough. Special investigation will be considered by your doctor if the cause of the cough remains unclear, or to support a diagnosis.
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Causes of a cough
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