>Reflex reaction in response to irritation to the bronchial muscosa.
>beneficial mechanism that serves o clear mucous & any foreign bodies
may be productive
(mucous producing) common disease such as COPD-coughing should not be suppressed.
- non-productive (dry, no mucous)
- >Acute less than 3 weeks
- >Subacute 3-8weeks
- >Chronic more than 8weeks ie. Whooping cough.
>Problem associated with coughing include insomnia, Vomiting, exhaustion, # to ribs, cold