How to approach a cough - Are you asking the right questions?

  • Stephani Schmidt Amayeza Information Services
Keywords: cough


Cough is one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical advice and pharmacies are often the first places they visit. A cough is part of a natural reflex that can be triggered by either irritation or obstruction of the airway. During a cough, inhaled particles and secretions are cleared from the airway so that breathing can continue normally. There are many different causes for cough including, but not limited to, allergens (such as pollens from grasses or trees), animal dander, irritants (such as cigarette smoke or air pollution), inhalation of a foreign body, infections and side-effects from medication. Products are usually recommended based on traditional practices. However, treatment of a cough should be “individualised according to the cause”. This article will be focusing on the type of questions to ask which will allow pharmacist’s assistants to be able to recommend the most suitable treatment.

Author Biography

Stephani Schmidt, Amayeza Information Services
MSc (Pharm) Amayeza Information Services
Respiratory Health