When to seek medical advice

Consult your doctor if your cough lasts longer than a week or is accompanied by:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Thick green or yellow phlegm or sputum
  • Bloody phlegm or sputum
  • Wheezing
  • High or persistent fever

Cough in adults

Find possible causes of cough based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

Cough is
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