If your cough
is weak, and it is difficult to bring up mucus or you know you have lots of
mucus, you need an assisted cough. In an assisted cough, another person pushes
on your chest to help you cough. An assisted cough is done while you are
sitting up in a bed or chair. If you are in a wheelchair, be sure to put the
If you have enough arm strength, you may be able to
help yourself cough:
If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor before using a
self-assisted cough. Most specialists do not recommend using a self-assisted
cough for pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimesters of
February 16, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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