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.
Some of the most common causes of cough include medication, asthma, viruses and smoking.
Tips for cough and cold relief is as easy as staying hydrated, keeping good hygiene and sleeping well.