What are the symptoms of coughing?
The cough can be wet or dry, that is to say that it is accompanied or not by secretions. The dry cough is usually a cough that appears in the form of fifths, or even be asthmatic: breathing becomes sibilant. Wet cough, on the other hand, is accompanied by expectoration of phlegm.
Different types of cough are identified, according to their character and duration:
acute cough: duration less than 3 weeks
chronic or persistent cough: longer than 3 weeks
dry cough: also known as irritant, without associated expectoration
wet cough: also known as productive, with expectoration
The cough is a frequent complaint and represents between 10 to 30% of consultations with a GP or a respirologist.