COUGH DUE TO COLD OR FLUSuffering from a cough due to cold or flu? Find out what's causing your cough and how to treat it.
WHAT IS A COUGH?
When it comes to cold and flu symptoms, nothing is worse than having a bad cough. And while it’s easy to know when you’ve got one, you might be wondering: What is a cough exactly? A cough is a natural reflex your body produces to protect your lungs. Coughing helps clear your airways of lung irritants (like mucus), which can help stave off infections.
Coughs are never any fun, but what you may not realize is that there are different types of coughs. A cough can either be dry (non-productive: one that does not produce mucus) or wet (productive: one that produces mucus), sometimes people refer to wet coughs as ‘chesty’.
It is not associated with excessive mucus and is likely the result of some irritation. Dry coughs can be treated with cough suppressants, like dextromethorphan.
It’s caused by excessive mucus in the lungs and airways, and you may have difficulty expectorating (coughing up) the mucus to clear the airway passages. Chesty coughs are sometimes treated with an expectorant called guaifenesin. This can help thin the mucus and make your cough more productive.
WHAT CAUSES A COUGH?
There are many things that could cause a cough. Typically, coughing occurs when the nerve endings in your airways become irritated. This could be due to a viral infection resulting in the cold or flu. When foreign invaders enter your airways, the body reflexively responds with a cough to clear your airways and protect your lungs.
HOW CAN I TREAT A COUGH?
A good way to treat a cough is to first identify what type of cough you have. If your cough brings up phlegm, you likely have a wet (or chesty) cough. To treat a wet cough, you can use an over-the-counter medication that contains an expectorant to help thin mucus and make your cough more productive. If you have a dry cough (it doesn’t bring up phlegm), look for a product/medication to relieve you of your symptoms.
Vicks VapoRub offers you fast acting cough relief to help you get through the day or sleep better at night. Once applied, it continously releases vapours for 8 hours.
HOW LONG DOES A COUGH LAST?
The length of your cough primarily depends on the causes of your cough. An acute cough (one that’s caused by the common cold or an upper respiratory infection) should normally clear up after 3 to 4 weeks. If your cough lasts more than 7 days, comes back or occurs with fever, you should call your doctor.