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Symptom Diary

What is a Symptom Diary?

Keeping track of your symptoms is the first step to understanding and managing them better. By writing them down in a diary, you can figure out what causes or makes your symptoms worse. This way, you'll remember all the important details when you talk to your healthcare provider next time. Just print the template below and fill it in whenever you experience a symptom or side effect.
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What Should Chronic Coughers Keep a Symptom Diary?

A symptom diary can help you and your healthcare provider identify patterns or triggers for your chronic cough, which can help guide evaluation, management or treatment decisions. However, please note that this table is not a substitute for medical advice. If your symptoms are severe or worsening, it's important to seek medical attention.

How to Use a Symptom Diary If You’re a Chronic Cougher?

You can print out this table and fill it out daily. Here's what each column means:


The current date when you're logging the symptoms.


The time when the symptom occurred.


The symptom you're tracking (e.g., cough, headache, fatigue, etc.).


How severe the symptom was, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very mild and 10 being the worst possible.


How long the symptom lasted.

Associated Symptoms

Any other symptoms you noticed when the main symptom occurred.

Possible Triggers

Anything that you think might have triggered the symptom.

Relieved By

Any actions that seemed to help alleviate the symptom.

Medication Taken

Any medication you took for the symptom, if any.

Additional Notes

Any other observations you want to note down
If you're sharing this with a healthcare provider, be sure to check with them to see if there's anything else they want you to track.
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