Coughs - Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- How long have you had the cough?
often do you cough?
- Does the cough have a pattern, such as
worsening at night or becoming more frequent in the morning?
situations increase your coughing?
- Are you exposed to any
irritants, such as smoke, dust, or chemicals, in your home or
- Is the cough productive (brings up
sputum) or nonproductive (dry and hacking)? Be prepared
to describe the color (bloody, rusty, white, yellow, or green), amount, and
consistency of any sputum.
- Do you have other symptoms that may be
related to your cough, such as nasal drainage, fever, shortness of breath,
wheezing, or other suspected cold symptoms?
- What home treatment
have you tried? Did it help?
- What prescription and nonprescription
medicines or other treatments have you tried? Did they help?
prescription and nonprescription medicines do you take
- Have you ever been diagnosed with allergies or asthma?
Does anyone else in your family have allergies or asthma?
- Have you
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 09, 2013
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