Remedies For Coughing

Natural Remedies To Cure Your Cough

Types of Cough

Nothing is more troublesome, and at times worrisome, than coughing that will not cease. The act of coughing is meant to protect the lungs by forcefully removing irritants and secretions. Each type of cough has similarities and subtle differences. Here are some types of cough, so you may better identify which cough you are experiencing. You can click on the type of cough to read more about that cough, and learn what could be causing it and how you can get rid of your cough . . .

  • Productive Cough – A productive cough is a cough that produces secretions, whether it be mucus or blood. The type of secretion that is brought up upon coughing can indicate the cause of the cough. Secretions can be green, white, yellow, clear, cloudy, foamy, thick, blood-tinged, bright red blood or dark red blood. If you have a productive cough, it is advisable to see a doctor and inform him of the type of secretion you are producing in order to diagnose the cause.

  • Non-Productive Cough (Also Called Dry Cough) – A cough is considered non-productive if there is no secretion brought up when coughing. This type of cough sounds dry to the ear and can seem like it is exploding out of the lungs. Causes of a non-productive cough can include hay fever, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, asthma, illness such as an upper respiratory infection or common cold, environmental factors, asthma or airway obstruction.

  • Chesty Cough – With a chesty cough, you can audibly hear the air leaving the lungs. It may be either productive or non-productive. There are many causes of a chesty cough. In most cases of a productive chesty cough, it follows a head cold. Mucus drains into the chest and lungs, and then the lungs produce a cough in order to expel the mucus. Other possible causes of a chesty cough are bronchitis, pneumonia or other lung infections.

  • Whooping Cough – Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection of the lungs. Symptoms usually begin out mild and then continue to develop until the individual breaks out into coughing fits. During or after the coughing fit, you will hear a distinct high-pitched whooping noise when inhaling after each cough. The cough usually lasts about six weeks and can range from mild to severe.

  • Wheezing Cough – Wheezing Coughs have many root causes. The cause of the wheezing sound itself can be caused by a narrowing of the airways and/or obstruction from mucus or other secretions. As the air tries to move past these obstacles, you may hear a whistling sound. You may hear the wheeze as you exhale, but it can happen upon inhaling as well. Bronchial infections, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD can all produce a wheezing cough.

  • Cough with a Fever – A cough present with a fever usually indicates that there is an infection present. A fever is the body’s defense mechanism kicking in to cook the virus or bacteria. Reducing a mild fever may prolong the infection and should only be treated if the fever is prolonged or too high. Any type of the above coughs may accompany a fever. The cough may be productive or non-productive. Any characteristics of the cough should be noted in order to help your doctor ascertain the cause.

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