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Types of Cough

Coughing starts when part of your breathing passage becomes inflamed or irritated by matter such as dust, smoke or mucus.

A cough is simply a reflex that tries to remove the irritant and to clear the airway. 

BENYLIN® Types of Cough
Broadly speaking there are two main types of cough:
  1. Productive coughs which produce excess mucus or phlegm, which can be described as 'mucus' or 'chesty‘
  2. Unproductive coughs which produce no mucus or phlegm, which can be described as 'dry' or 'tickly'

Based on consumer perception, these two types can be further differentiated into phlegm and chesty coughs (productive) & dry and tickly coughs (unproductive).

For more details on the different types of cough please read below.

BENYLIN® chesty cough

Do you have have a tight, chesty cough?

What does a chesty cough feel like?

When you’ve got a chesty cough it can feel tight as if someone was squeezing your chest too hard. Find out how BENYLIN® Chesty Cough can help you ease the symptoms of your chesty cough. (Not a suitable treatment for asthma)

Why do you have a chesty cough?

Chesty coughs are caused by a build-up of phlegm in the lungs and result in chest congestion. Chest congestion is a common symptom of respiratory tract infections. Sometimes irritants such as dust, bacteria or viruses can enter your lungs and cause an infection. This can result in inflammation of the airways and result in extra phlegm (or mucus) in your lungs. The cough mechanism kicks in to try to get rid of it.

BENYLIN® mucus cough

Do you have a heavy, Phlegm cough?

What does a Phlegm cough feel like?

When a wet phlegm cough sits on your chest it feels heavy as though an octopus is weighing down on your chest. Find out how BENYLIN® Phlegm Cough products can help you ease the symptoms of your mucus cough.

Why do you have a phlegm cough?

Phlegm producing tissue lines our lungs. The function of phlegm is to protect the body from dust, bacteria, viruses and other inhaled debris. Even when you are not ill, your body produces mucus to trap external particles and keep them from entering the lungs, acting as a filter.

When you get a cold, more phlegm is produced to trap the viruses or bacteria. This phlegm can gather in the respiratory system and a cough reflex is triggered to help remove it.

When phlegm builds up in the chest, it can be thick and difficult to get rid of by coughing. Therefore it is useful to have something that can help loosen the mucus and ease bronchial congestion – relieving that feeling of heaviness on your chest. 

BENYLIN® dry cough

Do you have a persistent, dry cough?

What does a dry cough feel like?

When you experience a hacking dry cough it can be intense and painful. Sometimes you even want to avoid coughing, because you are afraid it will hurt. A dry cough can be felt in your throat rather than in the chest as opposed to the chesty and mucus coughs. Find out how BENYLIN® Dry Cough products can help you ease the symptoms of your dry cough.

Why do you have a dry cough?

Dry coughs are caused by an inflammation of the upper airways. There is no mucus or phlegm produced. A dry cough can be caused by infections such as a cold or the flu.



If your cough lasts longer than three weeks after a viral infection or if it’s starting to get worse instead of better you should contact your GP. You should also contact your GP when you:

  • experience breathing difficulties
  • experience chest pain
  • cough up blood
  • have other symptoms that worry you (weight loss, swelling in the neck…)

BENYLIN® is not indicated in chronic coughs.