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Here is a quick mnemonic “COUGH SYMPTOMS to remember about Symptomatic Cough

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NExT Medical Step 1&2, MBBS, NEET PG, INI-CET, FMGE,MCAT & NCLEX exams

Symptomatic Cough : How To Remember Easily ?

  • C – Cough may occur in the context of other respiratory symptoms that together point to a diagnosis.
  • O – Other sources of allergens suggest asthma when cough is accompanied by wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
  • U – Usually, cough is not the dominant or sole symptom of disease.
  • G – Generally, the duration of cough provides clues to its etiology.
  • H – High duration and severity of cough may prompt seeking relief.
  • S – Subacute cough lasting 3–8 weeks may be a residuum of tracheobronchitis.
  • Y – Your cough lasting more than 8 weeks may have various cardiopulmonary causes.
  • M – Medications like ACE inhibitors can be a common identifiable cause of chronic cough.
  • P – Postbronchitic cough, lingering for more than 2 months after respiratory tract infections, is common in winter.
  • T – The absence of identifiable etiology may result in chronic cough hypersensitivity syndrome.
  • O – Overactive sensory cough-reflex pathways contribute to chronic cough.
  • M – Many respiratory tract infections can cause acute cough.
  • S – Smoking and chronic bronchitis are linked to an early-morning, productive cough.


Dr. Arin Nandi

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