I am doing some research on cough sounds but my background is not health sector and I am facing issues to identify the correct type of cough.

I have two doubts :

  1. Is a chesty cough the same as a wet cough?
  2. Is a barking cough the same as a dry cough?

If a person is suffering from dry cough is it a barking cough?

  • Words like "chesty" are laymen's terms. The medical terms are productive cough (wet) and non-productive cough (dry).
    – Carey Gregory
    Commented Sep 19, 2020 at 22:39

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My understanding is that wet cough is the same as chesty cough. Dry coughs are those that do not bring up sputum. In my experience, "barking" cough has almost always referred to croup.


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