To treat a cough, it is important to determine the cause of the cough. Different types of cough suggest different causes. The following are the most common types of cough and possible causes.
Coughs are usually divided in two main types: dry and wet coughs. There are also special types of coughs which should be noted.
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Dry coughs are usually caused by airway irritants, exacerbations of asthma, smoking, certain drugs like ACE inhibitors and even infections in the early stages.
Usually caused by an infective process, wet coughs are commonly due to bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis. A very common cause is post-nasal drip.
Three types of cough need special mention. A barking cough, whooping cough and wheezing associated with a cough.
Here's how to identify your child's cough:
Barking coughs are due to croup. An acute viral inflammation of the upper and lower respiratory tracts causing difficulties in breathing. Commonly affects children between the ages of six months and three years.
Usually characterised by uncontrollable coughing, the name comes from the noise made when taking a breath after coughing. Individuals may have choking spells or may cough so hard that they vomit.
As in the case of severe asthma:
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