Hello, cold and flu season! While there are definitely reasons to be cheerful this holiday season, there are also things that can put a damper on it quickly, such as a nagging cough.

Therefore, our team at AFC Chattanooga wants to share ways to tell between a wet and a dry cough so that you can find relief sooner rather than later.

What Is a Wet Cough?

A cough can be brought on for a number of reasons, including a sickness or an irritant. When a wet cough happens, it can feel as though something is stuck in your throat. In addition, mucus can be brought up through a cough.

Most of the times, a wet cough is due to sickness.

Causes of Wet Cough

  • Bronchitis
  • Acute bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Whooping cough

What Is a Dry Cough?

A dry cough still can be caused by an irritant (such as a tickle) in the throat or sickness. However, when a dry cough occurs, there is no phlegm that is produced with the cough.

Causes of Dry Cough

  • Asthma
  • GERD
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Virus

Are you experiencing a cough that just won’t seem to go away? Visit our team at AFC Urgent Care Chattanooga today for a diagnosis and treatment plan!