Do you know that cough sounds can actually reveal its cause???
Listen closely to the video to find out, or read the cough descriptions below.
Whooping cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease caused by Bordetella pertussis. Symptoms are initially mild, and then develop into severe coughing fits, which produce the namesake high-pitched whoop sound in infected babies and children when they inhale air after coughing. The primary method of prevention for pertussis is vaccination.
Croup or laryngotracheobronchitis is a viral infection of the upper airway that results in swollen vocal chords and throat. The swelling of the upper airway interferes with normal breathing and produces the classical symptoms of a barking cough, stridor, and hoarseness. Croup commonly affects children and worsens at night. Humidity (moist air) helps clear the breathing passages. So a hot shower may alleviate the symptoms. Steroids can also prove helpful in serious cases.
A dry cough is so called because it doesn’t produce phlegm. The most common causes of a dry cough are the viral infections we know as the common cold and flu, but it can also result from mild environmental irritants, such as smoke or other disorders such as asthma or acid reflux
Productive-Wet Cough (cough with phlegm)
A productive cough brings up sputum from the respiratory tract; this process helps speed recovery from inflammation of the airways and lungs. Besides a cold or influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, smoking and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can also cause wet coughs.