Coughs Topic Guide
Cough: A cough is a symptom of an underlying disease or condition. A chronic or persistent cough may signal certain lung conditions that should be evaluated by a health care professional. Common causes of coughs include infection, allergies, lung disease, medications, and GERD (reflux). Acute coughs are categorized as infectious or non-infectious. Chronic cough (persistent cough) have a variety of causes and should be evaluated by physician. Treatment of cough, acute cough, chronic or persistent cough depends on the cause of the cough.
Fifth Disease Fifth disease (human parvovirus B19) is a common illness in children. Symptoms and signs include fever, sore throat, headache, and a rash as if the face has been slapped. Treatment is geared toward alleviating symptoms by drinking a lot of fluids, taking acetaminophen, and taking hygiene measures to avoid spreading the virus.
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