oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - An over-the-counter approach to managing coughs : ear, nose and throat



Coughing is an important defensive reflex action that is used to encourage the clearance of secretions and inhaled particles when the airways become obstructed or irritated. Coughing is one of the most common symptoms for which patients seek medical attention. Usually, the majority of coughs are caused by a viral upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). Important aspects to consider in the management of coughs include assessment of the cough, establishing who the patient is (a baby, child or adult), the duration and nature of the cough, including associated symptoms, and the patient's medical history.


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