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What is Cough?

  • Cough is a reflex action to clear the throat of mucus or foreign particles/antigens. Cough is an explosive expiration that provides a normal protective mechanism for clearing the trachea bronchial tree of secretions and foreign material.

What happens in cough?

    There are generally 4 types of cough:

  • Wet cough, also called as Productive cough, is a cough that typically brings up mucus. Wet coughs are commonly caused by a cold or the flu.
  • Dry cough does not bring up mucus. It mainly occurs because of inflammation or irritation in the respiratory tract, but no excess mucus to cough up.
  • Croup is a viral infection that typically affects children age 5 and younger. Croup causes the upper airway to become irritated and swollen making it difficult to breathe.
  • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that causes violent coughing fits. During whooping cough attacks, the lungs release all the oxygen they have, causing people to inhale violently with a “whoop” sound.

Whom does it affect?

  • People of any age can get cough of any of the four types and it is no gender specific as well.
  • People with low immunity and hyper sensitivity people are more prone to dry and allergic cough.

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