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What causes cough? 92 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Nicotine Dependence

Nicotine addiction occurs when a person becomes addicted to nicotine, which is a chemical found in tobacco. The addiction is physical, mental, and behavioral.

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Goiter

Your thyroid is a gland found in your neck just below your Adam's apple. It secretes hormones that help regulate bodily functions, including metabolism, the process that turns food into energy. It also regulates hear...

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Esophagitis

Esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus that can be caused by acid reflux or certain medications. You may develop a sore throat or heartburn.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse

In mitral valve prolapse the flaps of the heart's mitral valve do not close correctly, which can make blood leak from one chamber into another. Lifelong heart abnormalities likely contribute to this condition.

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Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Ischemic cardiomyopathy (IC) is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle is weakened. It's usually caused by heart attack or coronary artery disease.

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Marijuana Dependence

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Uncontrollable or overly frequent marijuana consumption may indicate abuse or addiction.

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Hypertensive Heart Disease

Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart conditions caused by high blood pressure. Possible signs of acute hypertension include sweating and chills.

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Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is common in children. It causes a red rash on the arms, legs, and cheeks, and a virus called parvovirus B19 causes it.

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Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer is a type of throat cancer that affects the larynx.

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Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is the most common type of endocrine cancer. Learn more about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Neutropenia

Neutropenia is a condition characterized by low levels of neutrophils, which are white blood cells that fight infection. Find out about symptoms and treatment.

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Achalasia

The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. Achalasia occurs when your lower esophageal sphincter doesn't work properly.

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SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of viral pneumonia. The virus that causes SARS was first identified in 2003.

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Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer occurs when a malignant (cancerous) tumor forms in the lining of the esophagus, which is the muscular tube responsible for moving food from the throat to the stomach. As the cancer grows, it can affec...

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Kaposi's Sarcoma

Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancerous tumor associated with a virus that typically appears on the skin and around the mouth, nose, genitals, or anus.

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Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease caused by alcohol abuse. Long-term alcohol abuse weakens and thins the heart muscle. The damaged muscle cannot pump blood as it should, which deprives the bod...

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Weils Disease

Weil's disease is a severe form of the bacterial infection leptospirosis. Learn how to lower your risk of getting this potentially life-threatening illness.

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Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by the Leishmania parasite found in sand flies.

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Silicosis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

People who work with sand or rock should be aware of silicosis, a condition caused by inhaling silica particles. Learn how to prevent this serious condition.

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Malignant Hypertension (Arteriolar Nephrosclerosis)

Malignant hypertension is a rare and severe condition in which blood pressure is dangerously high. Learn more about symptoms and treatments.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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