What other signs and symptoms are associated with this symptom?
When a person has a cough, there are many things a healthcare provider may want to know, such as:
if anyone else the person knows has been coughing or sick
if the cough is constant or only occasional
if the cough is dry or brings up any mucus or phlegm and the color of the phlegm
when the cough started and how long it has been going on
whether any blood has been coughed up
whether the cough seems to be related to a certain time of year, which often happens when people have seasonal allergies
Other symptoms may also be asked about, such as whether the person has a fever, heartburn, runny nose, or weight loss.