If your cough is weak and if 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 brakes on.
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 pregnancy.
Last Revised: February 15, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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