Dry cough can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose dry cough, we could:
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Do you have a cough that does not produce mucus (a 'dry cough')?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Yes, for less than a month
→ Yes, for over a month but less than a year
→ Yes, for more than a year
Viral pneumonia often produces a dry cough at the beginning. The cough usually becomes worse and produces a small amount of mucus. Mycoplasma pneumonia is associated with a cough that tends to come in violent attacks, but produces only sparse whitish mucus.
A chronic dry, hacking cough is characteristic of Pulmonary Fibrosis.