Coughing Flow Chart

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  • Topic: Pneumonia, Pulmonary embolism, Bronchitis
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SYMPTOMS| | DIAGNOSIS| | SELF-CARE|
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1. Has your cough begun recently?|
Yes| Go to Question 12.**| | |
No
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2. Are you very short of breath, and are you coughing up pink, frothy mucus?| Yes| Your symptoms may be from a serious condition called PULMONARY EDEMA (fluid in the lungs).| | EMERGENCYGO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM RIGHT AWAY.| No

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3. Does your cough produce clear or pale yellow mucus?|
Yes| You may have a viral illness such as a COLD or the FLU.| | Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. Try over-the-counter medicines to treat your symptoms.| No
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4. Does your cough produce yellow, tan or green mucus?|
Yes| You may have an infection of the airways such as CHRONIC BRONCHITIS. If you have a fever with shaking chills and are very ill, you may have a more serious infection such as PNEUMONIA.| | See your doctor. He or she can prescribe medicine to relieve your symptoms. Get plenty of rest, and drink lots of fluids. If you smoke, stop smoking.| No

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5. Does the cough come with shortness of breath and wheezing?| Yes| These symptoms may be a sign of ASTHMA, a constriction of the airways.| | Asthma can be dangerous and should be diagnosed and treated by your doctor.| No

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6. Do you have swelling in your legs and/or shortness of breath when you are active or after you have been lying down?| No| Go to Question 10.*| | |
Yes
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7. Do you have heart problems?|
Yes| Persistent coughing can be caused byCONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE, especially when there is a buildup of fluid in the lungs.| | See your doctor.| No
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8. Have you recently started coughing up blood or bloody sputum?| No| Go to Question 12.**| | |
Yes
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9. Have you recently started having sharp chest pain, rapid heartbeat, swelling of the legs and sudden shortness of breath?| Yes...
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