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Chesty Cough Symptoms

During the course of a cold, most people may suffer from bouts of coughing. Cough is an important part of our body’s protective response. It can be either a chesty cough with phlegm or dry cough.

When people talk about having chesty cough symptoms, they often refer to the wet or productive cough type. This means expelling mucus / phlegm. On the other hand, dry cough may be described as persistent cough or tickling cough.

To choose the best cough remedy, it is important to know which of the different types of cough you are suffering from.

What is a chesty cough?

Also known as a productive cough, a wet cough or a cough with phlegm, the chesty cough is the body's way of removing excessive amounts of phlegm (also known as sputum or mucus) from the airways.

In a healthy person, mucus is usually a white or transparent gel-like liquid. It traps viruses, bacteria and particles that you inhale so that they can be expelled by the cilia which transport the phlegm out of the airways.

What are the common chesty cough symptoms?

  • Sticky mucus that comes up during persistent coughing
  • A rattling sound especially when breathing in and coughing
  • Chest feels tight, heavy and/or congested
  • Difficulties in breathing
  • Cough is often worse in the morning

A chesty cough can last between 1 up to 3 weeks.

The described symptoms are different to the symptoms of dry cough. With dry cough, there is a constant urge to cough. Individuals may feel tickling in their throat due to the irritation.
Due to the different types of cough, it is important to choose the right remedy to treat your individual cough as good as possible.

What causes a chesty cough?

Illness such as a respiratory tract infection, smoking or air pollution can cause the phlegm in the airways to become too thick and sticky, so that it clogs up the airways. In this case the natural cleaning process with the cilia is not strong enough to transport the phlegm out of the lungs.

Breathing becomes difficult. And the excessive phlegm can make an infection worse. The body needs to clear out the phlegm, and a productive cough is the result.

Lighter, looser phlegm is easier to eliminate. The body's natural process of removing phlegm can be supported by an effective expectorant such as Mucosolvan®. The Mucosolvan® Cough range helps to loosen the phlegm by liquefying the mucus, making it easier for the body to transport it out of the airways.

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