For the past week...or 2...I've been coughing my way through life. While for the most part I've recovered from our holiday sickness, I still have a lingering cough I've had to deal with. I find myself coughing while getting my son ready for school, coughing while outside running errands, coughing while on business phone calls (ugh!), and coughing while getting ready for bed.
Over the past few weeks, I've used Zarbee's children cough syrup to ease my son's cough so he can sleep. And then after I got sick, I used the Zarbee's adult cough syrup to sooth me so I can sleep. I really like that both version are as natural as possible, so I don't have to worry about after effects. The taste is slightly sweet so taking it was easy for both me and my son.
While I know that the process of coughing is a good one, because it's our body's way of clearing our lungs and upper respiratory system of mucus and other yucky stuff (I paid attention in science class!), the coughing process can still be frustrating. Also when is a cough regular or something you should see a doctor about?
Last year after I attended the Zarbee’s launch event with Kristin Davis and Dr. Zarbock, I kept in touch with the Zarbee’s team. I recently discussed my coughing woes with them and they generously shared this “Clearing up Cough Confusion” Q&A with Dr. Zarbock that provides answers to some of the most common questions about coughs.
What are the different types of coughs?
A cough is a natural reflex that is triggered by irritation of the airways or the nerves that control the reflex. Learning to identify the distinguishing characteristics of the cough may help in understanding the source. Coughs can be broken down into two main types, productive and non-productive.
- Non-productive/Dry Cough - A non-productive cough, also known as a dry cough, produces little to no phlegm. Upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold, sore throats, sinus infections, and the flu, are common causes of dry cough. Viruses, which cause most upper respiratory tract infections, typically resolve without medications in one to two weeks. A non-productive cough may persist for several weeks after the resolution of the other symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection.
- Productive/Wet Cough - A productive cough, or a wet cough, is one that produces phlegm. This type of cough typically indicates a disease process involving excessive production of mucus in the lungs or fluid leakage into the airways. Pneumonia is a frequent cause of a productive cough. Chronic bronchitis, a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, is a leading cause of persistent, productive cough.
What are some signs that a cough requires medical attention?
It may be difficult to always know when you should go to a doctor for a cough. Signs that you should seek medical attention include:
- A cough that is prolonged, lasting more than a few weeks
- Any shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Cough associated with fever, chills, sweating, or ill appearance
- Chest pain or painful cough
- Coughing up phlegm that is green, yellow, blood-stained, or foul smelling
How long should adults and children wait before seeking medical attention for their coughs?
In the absence of more concerning symptoms, it is not uncommon for a cough caused by a viral infection to last a few weeks. However, a cough associated with worsening symptoms, especially in children, should probably be evaluated after 7 days.
What are some ways to avoid getting a cough?
- Be sure to wash your hands regularly, for at least 15 seconds, using soap and water.
- Help your immune system by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of fluids, exercising, and getting adequate rest
- If your home is dry, a humidifier or the regular use of nasal saline sprays may be helpful
- Try to avoid touching your own face—the gateway for viruses and bacteria— whenever possible
- Allergy sufferers may benefit from avoiding allergy triggers, using non-sedating antihistamines during peak seasons, as well as increased personal hygiene, i.e. washing hair before bed, regularly changing clothing and bed linens
- For chronic congestion or sinusitis, saline sprays or a neti bottle may be helpful to reduce congestion and postnasal drainage
- A cough drop or hard candy may also soothe an irritated throat, further preventing cough
I hope you found the “Clearing up Cough Confusion” information helpful because I sure did. While I hope you and your family are staying healthy and cough free, the reality is this cold and flu season many of you have gotten sick. While I don't have a cure for the flu, I do have something if your family is seeking an all natural line of cough products for adults and children.
Now here is your chance to try the Zarbee’s cough syrups. The Zarbee’s team generously gave me (2) Zarbee’s Family Cough Kits to giveaway for my readers.
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