COUGH INFORMATION

Facts

Facts

Coughing is the body's reaction to irritation and a way of removing foreign material or excess mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages.

Symptoms

Symptoms

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of cough.
Typically, a dry cough (also known as an unproductive cough) feels tickly and dry.

A chesty cough (also known as a productive cough) feels wet as excess mucus is expelled from the airways.

Causes

Causes

There are various causes of a cough, such as:

  • Viruses
  • Infections
  • Mucus from the nose running down the throat
  • Inhaled irritants like smoke, dust, fumes, or foreign materials

A persistent cough or a cough that lasts several weeks may require advice from your healthcare professional.

Treatment

Treatment

To relieve your cough, you could…7

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep the room at a comfortable temperature
  • Rest and avoid heavy activity
  • Avoid being around people who smoke

You could also use a Demazin product which temporarily relieves a cough.

Prevention

Prevention

To help prevent spread of a viral infection, wash your hands often.

  1. Healthdirect Australia. Cough Fact Sheet. http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/cough [accessed 10/04/205]