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The Medical Approach to
The medical approach
to the diagnosis of
coughing is challenging and requires detailed information
from the patient.
Physicians approach the problem of simple coughing by
considering the most common
causes of coughing and the anatomical nature of the cough
The first step is to
decide where the cough starts.
For example, do you feel the cough in your neck or does it
feel deeper in the
chest? Sometimes it is a tickle, raspiness, or soreness
anywhere from you neck to
lower chest. In addition, coughing mucus or phlegm of any quantity usually suggests a deeper chest cough. Finally a cough can start in the chest and progress to the neck.
It helps to take one finger and point to the
area you feel your
cough starts. Do not worry for now if you cannot decide,
just do the best you