Nursing Care Plan – Cough
May 24, 2008 · 12 Comments
Coughing is the body’s way of removing foreign material or mucous from the lungs and throat. The two general classifications of cough are productive coughs (producing phlegm or mucous from the lungs) and nonproductive coughs (dry and not producing any mucous or phlegm). Coughs are also divided into acute (less than 3 weeks’ duration) and chronic (more than three weeks’ duration). Acute cough is most often caused by the common viral upper respiratory tract infection. Chronic cough may be caused by a variety of underlying diseases including asthma, cystic fibrosis, allergies, GERD and chronic post nasal drip.