Saturday, June 19, 2010

Non productive and Irritative Cough

I've been coughing, although not as badly, since I got sick end of last month. So its really irritating, especially that its just cough and nothing else. And embarrassing to attend meeting knowing you distract them with you crazy coughing which sounds so fake. Went back to doctor again and this time she remembered me and realized hey this isn't ordinary cough. So know she gave me medicine for non-productive and irritative cough. And hey, its working... so far.

And so I read more of dry coughs...


Cough can be categorized into dry (non-productive) or chesty (productive) cough. A dry cough occurs when the throat and upper airways become inflamed. Patients cough without producing any mucus or phlegm in a dry cough. They often experience an uncomfortable tickling in the throat which begins the actual attacks of cough.

Most coughs are acute in nature; they appear suddenly and normally do not last longer than 2-3 weeks.

What causes dry cough?

It often occurs at the end of infections such as a cold, flu or sinus infection, or after a person has been exposed to irritants such as smoke, dust or chemical fumes. Smoking cigarettes, allergies and asthma are also common causes of coughs. The infections cause inflammation of the throat and upper airways. A dry cough is an attempt to remove this inflammation but it is usually of no benefit and rather can be uncomfortable.

In certain cases, a cough can be a symptom of a more serious condition such as lung infections like pneumonia or acute bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sinusitis. It is therefore very important to see your doctor if a cough persists for any longer than 2-3 weeks.

Chronic, dry cough is a well-known side effect of blood pressure reducing drugs such as ACE inhibitors and beta blockers. If a cough was set off after taking one of these drugs, it is advised to talk to the doctor about changing to a different class of blood-pressure medication.

Remedies to treat dry cough
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