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Finding:Reports being exposed to secondhand smoke through father (Available)Pro Tip: Tobacco use puts the patient at risk for many medical conditions. Asking about whether a patient is exposed to secondhand smoke allows you to assess this risk factor.Example Question:Are you ever around cigarette smoke?Finding:Reports he doesn't know what triggers the cough (Found)Pro Tip: Asking about aggravating factors of Danny's cough will allow you to determine potential causes and educate the patient on what to avoid.Example Question:What makes your cough worse?Finding:Asked about relieving factors for cough Finding:Reports cough is temporarily relieved by cough medicine (Found)Pro Tip: Asking about how the patient has been managing their pain assesses their current condition and their approach to self-care. The results of their previous treatment may be helpful in your diagnosis and the development of their new treatment plan, as well as a good opportunityto educate the patient on effective self-care practices.Example Question:Have you done anything to treat your cough?Finding:Followed up on cough medicine Finding:Reports cough medicine was purple (Available)Pro Tip: The type of cough medicine a patient takes, and how they take it, can impact its effectiveness. Following up on the cough medicine's color may help you identify the type of medication it is.Example Question:What color was the cough medicine?Finding:Reports taking one spoonful of cough medicine (Available)Pro Tip: The type of cough medicine a patient takes, and how they take it, can impact its effectiveness. Following up on the dose of cough medicine allows you to determine whether it is being taken correctly.Example Question:
How much medicine did you take?Finding:Reports mother gave him the medicine (Found)Pro Tip: Children should only take medication under the supervision of an adult who can assure it is taken as directed. You should ask younger patients whether the medicine was given to them and by whom.Example Question:Who gave you the medicine for your cough?Finding:Reports only took the medicine this morning (Found)Pro Tip: The type of cough medicine a patient takes, and how they take it, can impact its effectiveness. Following up on the frequency Danny took cough medicine allows you to determine whether it is being taken correctly.Example Question:How many times have you taken the cough medicine? Finding:Denies home remedies (Available)Pro Tip: Patients sometimes try non-medicinal home remedies to treat coughs, such as breathing steam, or drinking tea with honey. Not all home remedies are effective or advisable, so it's important to find out what remedies the patient has tried.Example Question:Have you tried any home remedies for your cough?