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Attention: 7 Kinds Of Coughs And What They Might Mean

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Constant coughing may be a disturbance to your good night's sleep or even just for your daily work.

It may seem impossible to specifically pinpoint a cough by how it sounds, there are some differences.

This could be your guide:

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Postnasal drip

May sound: Either a dry or wet cough. Mucus dripping down your throat may cause this (due to either allergies or a cold), which tickles nerve endings, which triggers coughing.

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Other possible symptoms: During the night, the cough worsens; A ticklish feeling at the back of the throat. If it's an allergy reaction the eyes might also be itchy and frequent sneezing may occur.

Asthma

May sound: A dry cough that ends with a rattle or wheeze. People with asthma have inflamed airways, which can cause difficulty breathing as well as wheezing and coughing.

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Other possible symptoms: The cough gets worse at night or while exercising; chest tightness; shortness of breath; fatigue

GERD

May sound: A dry, spasmodic cough. Short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD is when acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus. It’s actually the second most common cause of chronic cough, causing about 40% of cases, according to a 2006 review published in Nature.

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Other possible symptoms: Your cough gets worse when you’re lying down or eating. “The classic sign is coughing that starts as soon as you lie down in bed at night,” says Dr. Parsons. About 75% of GERD patients with chronic cough have no other symptoms, but if you do they can include heartburn and hoarseness.

COPD

May sound: A chronic, hacking cough that produces a lot of mucus, particularly in the morning, Dr. Parsons says. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, includes both chronic bronchitis and emphysema; the main cause is smoking.

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Other possible symptoms: The cough gets better as the day progresses; shortness of breath, especially with physical activity; wheezing, fatigue, and chest tightness.

Medication-related cough

May sound: A dry cough. A group of drugs known as ACE inhibitors are commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure; they can cause cough in about 20% of patients.

Other possible symptoms: Cough begins a few weeks after starting these meds, Dr. Parsons says.

Pneumonia

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May sound: Initially a dry cough which after a few days turns to a wet cough with yellow, green, and/or red or rust-tinged mucus.

Other possible symptoms: Fever, chills, trouble breathing, pain when breathing in deeply or coughing

Whooping cough (pertussis)

May sound: A severe, hacking cough that ends with a whooping sound as you breathe in. While this disease used to be extremely rare thanks to vaccines introduced back in the 1940s, it’s now seeing an upswing—in 2012, there were more than 48,000 cases reported, the most since 1955, according to the CDC.

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Other possible symptoms: The first symptoms are similar to the common cold: stuffy, runny nose, watery eyes, fever, and cough. But after about a week the classic coughing signs emerge, with hacking so intense you may throw up or turn red or blue, he says.

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