What other symptoms might occur with a wet cough?

A wet cough may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the respiratory tract may also involve other body systems.

Respiratory symptoms that may occur along with a wet cough

A wet cough may accompany other symptoms that affect the respiratory system including:

  • Absence of breathing (apnea)
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Cough that gets more severe over time
  • Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
  • Coughing up clear, yellow, light brown, or green mucus
  • Coughing up pink frothy mucus
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing (whistling sound made with breathing)

Other symptoms that may occur along with a wet cough

A wet cough may accompany other symptoms that affect other body systems including:

  • Ascites
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Leg pain and swelling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Malaise or lethargy
  • Night sweats
  • Postnasal drip
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a wet cough can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails
  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Hemoptysis (coughing-up blood)
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking

INTRODUCTION

What is a wet cough?

A wet cough is a common symptom of respiratory infection, allergies, and heart conditions. The medical term for a wet cough is productive cough. A wet cough results from the presence of mucus or other fluid within the upper or lower respiratory tract. It may occur in conditions affecting one or both lungs, the bronchi, the larynx, or the pharynx. It may also be associated with more general... Read more about wet coughintroduction

CAUSES

What causes a wet cough?

A wet cough is a common symptom of respiratory infections or heart conditions. It results from the presence of mucus within the upper or lower respiratory tract. It may occur in conditions affecting one or both lungs, the bronchi, the larynx, or the pharynx. It may also be associated with more generalized conditions, such as a cold, hay fever, or the flu.

Respiratory causes of... Read more about wet coughcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 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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