Dry Cough and Cough with Phlegm


 

Whatever your coughing symptoms or what your phlegm color may be, a cough is still an illness that your body is suffering from. Make it a point to take the necessary precautions to avoid it or cure yourself from it.


 

 

We all experience coughing, some may have it more than others, but we all know the feeling and how it affects our daily lifestyle. And when it comes to coughing no one is immune. But did you know that there are different kinds of cough. In this article, we will look into what is commonly known as dry cough or coughing with phlegm.

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Dry cough is also known as a non-productive cough, persistent cough or irritating cough. It has little to no phlegm at all. People with this condition feels a lump on their throat or a tickling sensation. Mostly, people who smoke or exposed to similar irritants are the ones who experiences dry cough. To make things worse, dry cough gets worse at night. . A dry cough is caused by an infection of the upper airways and a repeated irritation of the respiratory tract. Because it has no phlegm, a person with a dry cough continuously coughs hoping that there will be some relief and because you have the urge to keep on coughing this act makes you feel more exhausted. Dry cough can last for a few days or can stay as long as 1-2 weeks

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Cough with Phlegm is differentiated by the color of the phlegm itself. A phlegm is a type of mucus that is developed in your chest. Phlegm will only be noticeable whenever you are sick or have other medical issues. The coughing up of phlegm is called a sputum. Below is some information on what the different colors of phlegm are:

 

Green or Yellow.

This means that your body is fighting with some sort of infection. The color is caused by the white blood cells. The phlegm starts off as yellow but then progresses to green if the level of sickness escalates. Green or Yellow phlegm can be caused by the following illnesses:

  • Bronchitis– starts off with a dry cough with clear or white phlegm and eventually turns into yellow and green. If that happens, then the illness has developed from viral to bacteria.
  • Pneumonia– It is another complication in the respiratory system. Coughing may be accompanied with phlegm with the color yellow, green or in some cases bloody.
  • Sinusitis-It is a form of sinus infection. It can also be cased by allergies or bacterial infection. If the illness is caused by bacteria, the accompanying ailments include the green or yellow phlegm,           nasal congestion or a pressure in the sinus cavities.
  • Cystic Fibrosis– It is a chronic lung disease wherein the mucus builds up in a persons lungs. Children or young adults are the common victims of this illness.

 

 

Brown

This color of phlegm occurs if a person has bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, lung abscess, pneumonia and pneumoconiosis.

 

White

This color of phlegm occurs if a person has bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

 

Black

This color of phlegm occurs if a person has fungal infection, lung abscess, pneumoconiosis and is a smoker.

 

Clear

This color of phlegm occurs if a person has allergic rhinitis, bronchitis and pneumonia.

 

Red or Pink

This color of phlegm occurs if a person has congestive heart failure, lung abscess, lung cancer, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism and tuberculosis.

 

Whatever your coughing symptoms or what your phlegm color may be, a cough is still an illness that your body is suffering from. Make it a point to take the necessary precautions to avoid it or cure yourself from it.


 

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