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Definition: Cough


Cough is a common symptom in people who have asthma, although it can occur for many other reasons. It’s generally a healthy reflex that helps clear the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of the lungs) in the throat and chest, but is often also a sign of airway irritation, as is the case in a person with asthma. For many children with asthma, a cough is their primary – and sometimes even their only – symptom. But some people with asthma may only cough at night or while exercising.