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A chronic cough or persistent cough may occur as a symptom of ME/CFS.

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • 2001, In a Belgian study, 35.2% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 39.2% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported persistent cough.[1]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

A persistent cough is a potential symptom of Long COVID in the World Health Organization's definition.[2]

Potential causes[edit | edit source]

Potential treatments[edit | edit source]

  • Antacids and/or proton pump inhibitors (to relieve cough from GERD)
  • Cough medicines: antitussives and expectorants
  • Licorice

References[edit | edit source]

  1. De Becker, Pascale; McGregor, Neil; De Meirleir, Kenny (December 2001). "A definition‐based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Internal Medicine. 250 (3): 234–240. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.2001.00890.x.
  2. Soriano, Joan B.; Allan, Maya; Alsokhn, Carine; Alwan, Nisreen A.; Askie, Lisa; Davis, Hannah E.; Diaz, Janet V.; Dua, Tarun; de Groote, Wouter; Jakob, Robert; Lado, Marta; Marshall, John; Murthy, Srin; Preller, Jacobus; Relan, Pryanka; Schiess, Nicoline; Seahwag, Archana (October 6, 2021), A clinical case definition of post COVID-19 condition by a Delphi consensus, World Health Organization (WHO) clinical case definition working group on post COVID-19 condition, World Health Organization