Coughs in the pharmacy

  • Jacqueline van Schoor Amayeza Information Services
Keywords: cough


A cough is a necessary reflex that helps remove fluid, foreign substances, and mucus from the airways. A cough can be initiated both reflexively and voluntarily. There is no ‘normal’ pattern of coughing, nor any information on how often a healthy person should cough; so it’s important to understand when a cough should be referred for appropriate medical attention.

A cough is one of the most common symptoms for which people seek medical advice in the community pharmacy. While an acute cough is often associated with a viral upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or flu, a cough can also be a presenting symptom of more than 100 conditions of the respiratory system.

Author Biography

Jacqueline van Schoor, Amayeza Information Services

Amayeza Information Services, South Africa

Respiratory Health