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:
Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, aches and pains)
Runny nose (nasal congestion)
Swollen neck lymph nodes
Other symptoms that may occur along with a dry cough
Dry cough may accompany other less common symptoms including:
Loss of appetite
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
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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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