A cough is most commonly caused by an irritation in the respiratory air passages. We cough to help clear these passages.
A cough is your body’s way of keeping your lungs and throat clear1.
Coughing is one of our body's important defence mechanisms.
Coughs can be caused by a wide variety of factors:
Viruses are responsible for colds and flu which are the most common causes of chesty, tickly and even dry, irritating coughs.
Protect yourself from getting an illness that causes coughing2, 4 by:
- Washing your hands4
- Trying to avoid people who have a cold or flu4
- Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables2
Smoking is usually associated with chesty coughs as cigarette smoke inflames the lungs.
Hayfever and other allergies can sometimes lead to a cough, because they evoke an inflammatory response in the respiratory system.
Medications, such as ACE-Inhibitors, can cause a cough after ingestion.
Different Types of Coughs:
There are two types of coughs which you may experience: wet cough and dry cough2 3
You feel a constant tickle in your throat, but when you cough, there won’t be any mucus
When you cough, you may cough up mucus. Coughing helps to remove the mucus3
DOKTOR MOM® helps the lungs secrete mucus more efficiently and offers anti-inflammatory support5. DOKTOR MOM® helps the body's natural defence against infections, to relieve coughs.
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- a. b. c. d. WebMD. Cold, Flu & Cough Health Center. Coughs, Age 12 and Older – Prevention. Available at http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/tc/coughs-prevention . Accessed on 10 November 2015.
- Yang R. et al. The antiviral and antimicrobial activities of licorice, a widely-used Chinese herb. Available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4629407/ . Accessed 28 November 2015