The quick answer is: When there is phlegm or mucus, it is wet. If not, it is dry.
The main difference between a wet (productive) and a dry (non-productive) cough is the presence or lack of mucus. 5
A wet cough is usually seen when cold or flu symptoms are at their worst, which is usually after 4-5 days. During a wet cough, phlegm is produced which is why it is called a “productive” cough. This excess mucus / phlegm needs to be coughed up from the chest and airways. It is most often seen with cold and flu infections and is acute in nature (does not last very long). 5,10,13
A dry cough is when no phlegm is produced (non-productive) from the lungs. It is dry, irritating and can be very tiring. It can be caused by irritations like smoke or dust but is also seen at the beginning or end of a cold or flu. 5,10,13,14,16
An acute cough is a cough that lasts less than 3 weeks. The most common cause of an acute cough is a cold or flu. Most coughs resolve on their own or with symptomatic treatment.
If a cough lasts more than 5-10 days with or without treatment you should consult your Healthcare Professional. 1-3,5,10,13
It is best to see a doctor when: 7
• For an adult, a cough lasts for more than 10 days. Consider taking children to a doctor much earlier. • A cough recurs and persists, especially at night. • A cough is accompanied by chest pain. • The person is generally tired, feverish and sweating. • The phlegm is discolored or has blood in it. • It is painful to breath / there is wheezing or shortness of breath.
Pholtex Bronchostop® offers a range of cough products which can be used by the whole family. 1-3
Pholtex Bronchostop® Children’s Syrup can be used in children from the age of 1 year. 2
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Syrup can be used in children and adults from the age of 4 years. 1
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Pastilles can be used in children and adults from the age of 6 years. 3
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough syrup contains the natural ingredients, Marshmallow root dry extract and Thyme herb extract that work together to help relieve the symptoms of cough. 1-3
Marshmallow root dry extract creates a protective and soothing film on the throat which helps relieve throat irritation, soothes inflammation and helps reduce the urge to cough. 1,17-19
Thyme herb extract helps to thin mucus, making it less thick and sticky and easier to cough up (promotes expectoration). 1,3,17
Pholtex Bronchostop® Children’s Cough syrup contains the natural ingredients, Marshmallow root dry extract and honey that provide soothing relief of a dry or chesty cough in children from the age of 1 year. 2
Marshmallow root dry extract creates a soothing film on the throat which relieves throat irritation, soothes inflammation and reduces the urge to cough. 2,17-19
Honey soothes throat irritation and protects the throat to help it recover. 2,20
Pholtex Bronchostop® has a range of products that work to relieve any cough whether its dry, tickly or wet, chesty with mucus or phlegm.1-3
The range has traditional cough syrup options for use at home; namely Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Syrup for children and adults 4 years + and Pholtex Bronchostop® Children’s Cough Syrup for children from 1 year old and a soft lozenge (pastille) option for convenient on-the-go cough relief.1-3
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Syrup and Pholtex Bronchostop® Children’s Syrup are alcohol free.1,2
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Pastilles contain Benzyl Alcohol. 3
Yes, the full Pholtex Bronchostop® range is lactose free. 1-3
Yes, the full Pholtex Bronchostop® range is gluten free. 1-3
The Pholtex Bronchostop® range has not been tested for its safety in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using any of the products.1-3
Pholtex Bronchostop® Cough Pastilles relieve any cough whether it is wet, chesty, dry, tickly or with mucus. 1-3
The cough pastilles are ideal for on-the-go cough relief as they come in a convenient pack of 20 which is easy to carry in your handbag, sports bag, or briefcase.