Infections, see Ch. 13
responds well to inhaled or oral corticosteroid. Clearly the overall approach to persistent cough must involve attention to underlying factors.
Clinical assessment of the frequency and intensity of cough of disease by recordings made via a microphone allows objective assessment of antitussives, despite the huge spontaneous fluctuations in both. Such recording has shown patients' own reports of their cough to be too unreliable to provide valid drug comparisons. Placebo effects in cough are considerable.
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