Types of Coughs
Coughing starts when part of your breathing passage becomes inflamed or irritated by matter such as dust, smoke or mucus. A cough is simply a reflex that tries to remove the irritant and to clear the airway.
Broadly speaking there are two main types of cough:
Productive coughs which produce excess mucus or phlegm, which can be described as 'mucus' or 'chesty'
Unproductive coughs which produce no mucus or phlegm, which can be described as 'dry' or 'tickly'
For more details on the different types of cough please click on the cough types below.
When you have a chesty cough, phlegm is produced to help clear your airways, and you may cough up mucus or phlegm.
When you’ve got a mucus cough, it can feel as if your cough is wet. A mucus cough is a productive cough which means mucus is produced to help clear your airways.
DRY & TICKLY COUGHS
If you have a dry & tickly cough, your cough may feel tickly and you won’t produce mucus or phlegm.