What other symptoms might occur with a dry cough?

A dry cough often occurs in conjunction with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Symptoms including sounds the lungs make while you are breathing, changes in blood pressure, and low blood oxygen levels may only be evident using certain instruments in the doctor’s office or hospital.

Common symptoms that may occur along with a dry cough

Dry cough may occur with other symptoms including:

Other symptoms that may occur along with a dry cough

Dry cough may accompany other less common symptoms including:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Unintentional weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a dry cough may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Frequent urination
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Leg or ankle swelling
  • Painful dry cough or pain while breathing deeply
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe pain upon swallowing
INTRODUCTION

What is a dry cough?

A dry cough refers to a cough that does not produce mucus (also known as phlegm or sputum). A cough is your body’s defensive reflex that functions to keep your airways clear of irritating or obstructing substances so you can breathe effectively. Over time, a dry cough can often become a productive cough as the lungs produce more sputum.

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CAUSES

What causes a dry cough?

A dry cough has many causes, the most common of which is an upper airway infection that follows a cold. A cold can also lead to a productive cough, which is a cough that produces mucus (phlegm). A persistent, dry cough could also be due to whooping cough (pertussis) or a sign of a chronic condition, such as emphysema or asthma. Whooping cough is uncommon in infants due to vaccination, but it is... Read more about dry coughcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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