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Does your cough sound like you might need
a trip to the doctor?

Learn about the different types of cough based on the different sounds of the cough.

Dry, hacking sound: Dry cough11

In asthma, dry cough is accompanied by wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath87

Soupy, with wheezing and rattling sound: Wet, productive cough87

Produces sputum and may be associated with tightness in chest87

Barking sound: “Croup”

Happens when a virus causes the airways to swell.

Caused by infection or a disease in which the trachea and airways collapse with breathing in adults87

“Whooping” sound: Whooping cough (pertussis)

Marked by a “whoop” made when gasping for breath after a severe coughing attack.88