What type of cough do you have?

A cough can be irritating and uncomfortable, no matter what form they take. Coughing starts when part of your breathing passage becomes inflamed or irritated by mucus, dust or smoke and the cough is simply a reflex action that clears the airways and removes the irritant. Coughs come in a variety of different forms and can either be experienced on their own or as a common symptom of a cold or the flu.

Generally speaking, coughs can be divided into two groups: productive and unproductive coughs. This means they either produce excess mucus or phlegm, or they produce nothing. You’ll find that chesty coughs and mucus coughs are productive, whereas tickly and dry coughs are unproductive. Even though coughs are one of the most common health complaints, not many people know the difference between them in order to decipher which one they may be suffering from. Get to know the different types of cough in order to pinpoint which one you are suffering from and how it can be treated.

Dry Cough:

A dry cough is usually caused by an inflammation of the upper airwaves thanks to dust, foreign bodies or a throat infection. As an unproductive cough, no mucus will be produced while coughing. Dry coughs can be quite stubborn and can come and go in fits. They are also most likely to occur during the day rather than at night. A dry cough is most likely to be the result of an infection like a cold or the flu but can also be triggered by cold air, dust and smoke. A dry cough can be easily soothed with Benylin Dry Cough that helps to ease the cough while soothing your sore throat.

Tickly Cough:

As another unproductive cough, no mucus will be produced with a tickly cough although you may feel a tickling sensation that may feel like mucus needs to be coughed up. These coughs are caused by an irritation in the throat and this irritated area then produces a tickling feeling. A cough is then triggered in order to relive this. A tickly cough is mainly caused by colds and flu and you may notice it develop into a sore throat after a couple of days. A tickly cough can be relieved with a medicine like Benylin Tickly Cough or Benylin Dry Cough that works by soothing the tickling sensation and easing the need to cough.

Chesty Cough:

A chesty cough is so named due to a heavy amount of mucus on the chest that causes coughing in order to bring up the excess mucus. They are caused by a build-up of mucus and phlegm in the lungs and the cough kicks in to try and shift it. There are a number of different health conditions that can lead to a mucus build-up like colds and flu, other lung or respiratory conditions like tuberculosis or bronchitis or irritation of the lungs caused by cigarette smoke.

A chesty cough can also be referred to as a mucus cough that is associated with a feeling of tightness or heaviness on the chest due to the build-up of mucus. Sometimes this can be quite hard to shift through coughing alone, so medicines like Benylin Mucus Cough or Benylin Chesty Coughs can help to loosen the mucus and make your coughs more productive to get rid of it quickly.