Clinical features: Cough is a symptom produced by inflammatory viscid secretions or obstruction
of the tracheobronchial system. It may be dry or productive sputum. Cough may be
paroxysmal, hacking, explosive, and harsh (brassy).
Causative/precipitating factors e.g. CCF, asthma; allergies must be established and treated
accordingly. Where causative/precipitating factors cannot be detected, the following treatments
may be offered:
For Non-productive irritating cough
A: Cough syrup/Linctus (O) 5-10 ml every 6 hours
Expectorants may be used to liquefy viscid secretions.
A: Cough expectorants (O) 5-10 ml every 6 hours
Note: Antibiotics should never be used routinely in the treatment of cough.