Do You Have a Productive or a Dry Cough?

A cough is the most common complaint behind patients’ visits to their primary care physician, being present in about 8% of consultations.

Are you coughing up fluids? Do you feel a tickle in your throat before you cough? These are some questions your doctor might ask you during your appointment in order for him/her to identify whether your cough is a productive cough or a dry cough.  It is important for your doctor to know what kind of a cough you have as it is a symptom of different illnesses and requires different treatments depending on the illness causing it.

Do You Have a Productive or a Dry Cough?

Refer to the below to learn more about the illnesses that could lead to cough as a symptom, whether it is productive or dry.

Causes of Productive/ Wet Cough:


Causes of  Dry Cough:


  • Viral infections
  • Cold and flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)


  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis (from allergens like pollen or dust)
  • Laryngitis
  • Smoking
  • Sleep apnea and snoring


Regardless of what is causing the cough, it can be extremely inconvenient and discomforting.

Take a look at the below for some remedies you may try at home for both types of cough:

  1. Use a humidifier. Dry air can irritate cough, namely dry cough, more than necessary and make it more difficult to breathe. Similarly, standing in a steamy shower allows the humid air to clear out your sinuses, help you cough up some mucus, and soothe dryness in the throat.
  2. Gargle with salt water. This can really help your kids get rid of a dry cough from a sore throat.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids! It is extremely important that you rehydrate your body, whether you have a dry cough or a productive cough. Fluids help with soothing your throat from the “tickle” of dry coughs, and rehydrating your body allows it to replace lost fluids from a productive cough.
  4. Use Prospan®. Prospan® is a natural herbal extract that will greatly relieve you from the discomfort of a productive cough. It functions as an expectorant that will allow you to breathe more freely by clearing your airways. Prospan® offers cough relief through dilating your bronchi, liquefying the mucus in your airways, and alleviating inflammation.
Do You Have a Productive or a Dry Cough?

We hope you have found this article useful and we wish the best of health to all our readers!

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