Coughing starts when part of your breathing passage becomes inflamed or irritated by matter such as dust, smoke or mucus. A cough is simply a reflex that tries to remove the irritant and clear the airway.
DRY, TICKLY OR NON-PRODUCTIVE
- Persistent/Constant tickle
- Sensitive throat
- No mucus expelled
WET, CHESTY OR PRODUCTIVE
- Coughs up mucus
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty breathing
WET & DRY COUGH NON-SPECIFIC
- Any combination of the features of a wet and dry cough
Cough associated with excess mucus or phlegm – which may be described as ‘wet’, or ‘chesty’.
Cough associated with minimal or even no mucus or phlegm – which may be described as ‘dry’ or ‘non-productive’ cough.
NON SPECIFIC COUGH
Cough which may be associated with just an irritation or tickle in the upper respiratory tract, or which may develop into a wet cough.