What Type of Cough Do You Have?
There are two types of coughs. A wet, or productive, cough, which yields mucus, is usually caused by allergies, colds, or other respiratory infections. A dry, or unproductive, cough may also be caused by a cold but is more often caused by cigarette smoke, dust, fumes, or some other form of irritation. This cough does nothing but irritate your throat, making you hack more. Come winter, a cold or the flu is the cause of your hacking. An infection of the upper respiratory tract can cause swelling and irritation of the upper airways and, at times, mucus, which you cough up as phlegm.
If you have a wet cough, you don’t want to suppress it—it’s the body’s way of clearing out mucus. Instead, you actually want to encourage it so you can get rid of the phlegm faster and get the coughing over with. With a dry cough, on the other hand, the trick is to coat the throat and tame the tickle.
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