Alyn H Morice
Alyn H Morice is professor of respiratory medicine, Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull
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A new way to look at acute cough in the pharmacySubscription
Cough is the most common symptom for which people seek medical advice, and patients with cough frequently present to community pharmacy. Cough can be either acute or chronic. Acute cough, defined as being of less than three weeks’ duration, is often caused by viral respiratory tract infection and is probably one of the most common reasons for accessing healthcare in the community. For these infections, no antiviral treatment exists and antibiotics have been shown to be ineffective in patients
Over-the-counter treatments for the common cough need to be brought up to date and improved, especially considering the social and economic implications of the condition.