Coughing or Coughs is a natural reflex that kicks in to unblock the airways and keep irritants out of person’s lungs.What is Coughing

The Coughing action is a sudden explosion of air from your lungs, which may produce mucus and phlegm. Productive Cough produces phlegm. If you get cold or a flu type of cough, you should not take any medications unless it keeps you awake at night.

Another type of Cough is: unproductive that are dry hacks that irritate your throat. This type of cough appears at the end of the cold or when you have been exposed to an irritant such as smoke or dust. There are 2 types of Cough medications which exist such as Expectorants and Suppressants. The expectorant’s active ingredients are Quaifenesin, which thins your mucus to make it easier to cough up, something you may also do by drinking plenty of water, tea and fruit juice. While an ingredient Quaifenesin has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), its effectiveness has not been conclusively demonstrated in clinical trials. Other type of Cough medicine includes Suppressants such as Diphenhydramine, Codeine, or Dextromethorphan. Each of these ingredients subdues your natural cough reflex, but taking medicines with these ingredients may lead to potential side effects.

For example, Diphenhydramine is an Antihistamine and can make you drowsy. Such ingredient as Codeine, is a narcotic that works directly on the person’s brain; it’s very helpful to suppress cough, but may upset your stomach and cause you constipation. The best choice is Dextromethorphan, because it does not have side effects.

Normally, a cough that brings up mucus and phlegm is accompanied by fever, stuffed and runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, aches. This kind of Cough may be caused by flu virus or cold; bronchitis. Another type of cough, which is Dry Cough, may be accompanied by itchy and sore throat, and sneezing. Dry Cough may be caused by dust, pollen, or smoke. You should contact your doctor if you have any type of Coughs. He or she will determine what right treatment is for you.

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