What causes cough? 92 possible conditions

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


Childhood Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways to your lungs become inflamed. The inflammation can make breathing difficult and painful. Childhood asthma affects almost nine million children in the United States...

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Transfusion Reactions

A transfusion reaction is a rare condition that occurs when a person receives a transfusion with blood that is not matched to their blood type. This may cause symptoms such as back pain, fever, fainting, or dizziness.

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Actinomycosis is a long-term infection that causes abscesses to form in the soft tissues of the body. Lumps in the neck or face can be a sign of actinomycosis.

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Byssinosis: Brown Lungs and What You Need to Know About Them

Byssinosis is a rare lung disease. It is caused by inhaling hemp, flax, and cotton particles. It is sometimes referred to as brown lung disease. It is a form of occupational asthma. In the United States, byssinosi...

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Caplan's Syndrome

Caplan's syndrome is also known as coal worker's pneumoconiosis. It is common in coal miners, and can also be seen in individuals who have had long-term exposure to silica, coal dust, or asbestos. Caplan's syndrom...

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Heart Failure

Right-side heart failure occurs when the right ventricle can't properly pump blood to your lungs to collect oxygen. Excessive fatigue, shortness of breath and abdominal bloating are signs.

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Hypersensitivity (Allergic) Vasculitis

Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels. It can damage blood vessels by thickening, scarring, and weakening the cell wells. There are many different types of vasculitis; some are acute and last a short time, whil...

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Allergic Asthma

If you ever have trouble breathing during allergy season, you may have allergic asthma. Allergic asthma is asthma caused by an allergic reaction. It is also called allergy-induced asthma. People with allergic asthm...

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein in blood that the liver and lungs use to control the immune response. An alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AAD) means there is too little of the functioning protein in your blood. Whe...

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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare type of heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery. The damage weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the hear...

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Metastatic Lung Cancer

When cancer develops, it typically forms in one part of the body. This site is known as the primary site. Unlike other cells in the body, cancer cells can break away from the primary site and travel to other parts o...

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Thyroid Nodule

A thyroid nodule is a lump in your thyroid gland that can be solid or filled with fluid, and is rarely cancerous.

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