A cough is a natural reflex that is your body’s way of removing irritants from your upper (throat) and lower (lungs) airways.
A cough helps your body heal and protect itself.
It is also a common symptom of pulmonary diseases.
According to duration, mucus production, sound and time, cough is classified:
|TYPES OF COUGH|
|Related to Duration of Cough:||ACUTE COUGH||Begins suddenly and lasts for two to three weeks.|
|SUBACUTE COUGH||Stays around after an infection and lasts three to eight weeks.|
|CHRONIC COUGH||Lasts longer than eight weeks. Long-lasting coughs may also be called persistent coughs.|
|Related to Mucus in Cough||PRODUCTIVE COUGH (WET COUGH)||Cough that brings up mucus or phlegm to clear secretions from airways.|
|NON-PRODUCTIVE COUGH (DRY COUGH)||Doesn’t bring up mucus. Hacking cough with no value and irritate respiratory mucosa.|
|Related to distinct sounds of Cough||WHOOPING||Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an infection that causescough that sounds like whoop.|
|BARKING||A cough that sounds like barking can be a sign of croup.|
|WHEEZING||Blocked airways can be associated with infection like cold or chronic conditions.|
|Related to when you Cough||DAYTIME COUGH||Due to asthma, post nasal drip or GERD.|
|EARLY MORNING||Commonly in smokers which leads to chronic bronchitis.|
|NOCTURNAL COUGH||Asthma or congestive heart failure patients.|
|COUGH WITH VOMITING||This often happens with children.|