Symptoms And Symptoms Of Symptoms

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Chief Complaint: Patient presents with complaint of moist cough, phlegm, shortness of breath, fever, and chills. History of Present Illness Onset: When did the symptoms start? Did they start gradually or abruptly? Location: If the patient is experiencing pain, where does he feel the pain? Does he feel sinus pressure? Does he have body aches? Does he have chest pain? Duration: For how long have you been experiencing these symptoms? How many days? Weeks? A cough that has a recent onset is most often the result of a viral or bacterial infection in the respiratory system (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). A cough that last longer than 3 weeks is more likely the result of chronic lung disease or heart disease such as in COPD, cystic…show more content…
How high has your fever gotten? The most common signs and symptoms of a viral infection are a low grade fever, small amounts of clear to yellow sputum production, nasal congestion, sore throat, and overall weakness (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). However an acute cough that includes a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, chest pain, sob, and purulent or dark sputum may indicate a more serious illness such as bacterial pneumonia (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). A persistent fever, loss of appetite, and ill appearance may suggest a bacterial infection (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). An acute cough that occurs from a noninfectious process, does not present with fever, chills, and purulent sputum, as seen in heart failure or pulmonary embolism (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). Aggravating Factors: Is there anything that aggravates your symptoms? Is there a time in the day that they get worse? A cough that awaken people in the night are usually related to respiratory problems where bronchial irritation is a factor such as asthma or chronic bronchitis or heart failure (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). Asthma usually presents with nighttime coughing (Dains, Baumann, & Scheibel, 2016). A severe cough in the early morning usually indicates postnasal drip, cystic fibrosis, or bronchiectasis. A cough that is worse at night may indicate croup, post nasal drip, lower respiratory tract infection, or an allergic reaction (Dains,
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