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Your Seal or Bark - Like Cough May Also be Known as:
Barking cough
Barky cough
Seal bark

Top 7 Seal or Bark - Like Cough Causes

  1. 1.Bronchitis

    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes, the airways that carry air to your lungs. It causes a cough that often brings up mucus, as well as shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. It is typically caused by a virus.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own by resting, drinking fluids and taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to alleviate fever and discomfort. If the condition lasts longer than a few weeks, or if your symptoms are worsening, you may want to see a doctor who may prescribe an inhaler or pursue other treatment options.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    cough, productive cough, sore throat, wheezing, coughing up green or yellow phlegm
    Symptoms that always occur with bronchitis:
    cough
    Symptoms that never occur with bronchitis:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Benign Cough

    Coughing is a reflex used to keep the throat and airways clear and healthy. When it occurs without fever or other signs of infection, it is considered benign.

    A benign cough does not require medical intervention. If your cough really bothers you, try gargling with saline or an over the counter cough medicine. If your cough changes or you get other symptoms, please check in here again or contact your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    cough, cough with dry or watery sputum, severe cough
    Symptoms that always occur with benign cough:
    cough
    Symptoms that never occur with benign cough:
    fever, severe cough, being severely ill, coughing up blood
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Common Cold

    The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract.

    The common cold is treated symptomatically. Since this is a viral infection, antibiotics are not effective. You can safely treat the symptoms of this condition with over-the-counter pain relievers, decongestants, antihistamines & cough medicines.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, congestion
    Symptoms that never occur with common cold:
    being severely ill, severe muscle aches, rash, severe headache
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Viral Pneumonia

    Viral pneumonia is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lungs due to infection with a virus. Community-acquired pneumonia is the most common type, which is usually acquired in public areas such as at work, school, or grocery store.

    You should see a care provider to be treated and for evaluation of severity of your symptoms. Viral pneumonia is NOT treated with antibiotics, and you may find over-the-counter medications for pain and fever to be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, shortness of breath, loss of appetite
    Symptoms that never occur with viral pneumonia:
    unexplained bruising
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Influenza (in a Suppressed Immune System)

    Influenza, or the "flu," is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    In many cases, the flu is nothing to worry about and resolves on its own. Nonetheless, it can be serious in those who are immunocompromised. Since you have confirmed having a weakened immune system, you should seek care immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, cough, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  6. 6.Asthma Attack

    An asthma attack is the sudden worsening of asthma caused by a trigger (e.g., exercise or cold air) or infection.

    Most importantly, take your asthma medication for these acute attacks. You should visit your primary care physician today for management of your attack. He/she may change your medication regiment and give you a course of steroids.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, shortness of breath at rest, tight, heavy, squeezing chest pain, wheezing, cough with dry or watery sputum
    Symptoms that always occur with asthma attack:
    shortness of breath
    Symptoms that never occur with asthma attack:
    blue skin
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  7. 7.Condition Involving Severe Trouble Breathing

    Difficulty breathing is indicative of a serious ailment.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath at rest, hard testicle lump, blue skin that goes away when crying, severe pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Seal or Bark - Like Cough

  • Q.Is your cough constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Does your cough produce phlegm?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Is your immune system deficient or suppressed by underlying disease or medication?

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Seal or Bark - Like Cough Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced seal or bark-like cough have also experienced:

    • 37% Fever
    • 11% Shortness of Breath
    • 11% Wheezing
  • People who have experienced seal or bark-like cough had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Two Weeks to a Month
    • 17% One to Two Weeks
  • People who have experienced seal or bark-like cough were most often matched with:

    • 45% Bronchitis
    • 20% Benign Cough
    • 20% Common Cold

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