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What Does My Type Of Cough Mean?

What type of cough indicate COVID-19

What Does My Type Of Cough Mean?

The presence of a dry cough can help you differentiate between a normal cold and coronavirus

Quick Look



COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a spreading pandemic with over 10,39,166 confirmed cases and costing the lives of 55,092 people across the globe and we must ensure that we prevent ourselves and our family from this virus.

Taking precautions is a must but we need to be also aware of the right symptoms and cause of the spread of coronavirus.

Many people have been panicking due to cough of any type that they have.one symptom which can actually help you differentiate whether it’s just a cold or coronavirus is the type of cough one has.


Coughing is a way our body gets rid of irritants.

When something irritates our throat or airway, our nervous system immediately sends an alarm to our brain. Our brain responds by telling the muscles in Our chest and abdomen to contract and expel a burst of air.

A cough is a necessary defensive reflex that helps protect our body from irritants like mucus, smoke, and allergens such as dust and pollen.

Coughing is a symptom of many illnesses and conditions. Many times the characteristics of Our cough can give us a clue to its cause.

There are majorly 4 types of cough

  • Dry Cough (Major Symptom of COVID-19)
  • Wet Cough 
  • Paroxysmal cough
  • Croup cough
Types of cough

Dry cough

Dry coughs occur when there’s any kind of  irritation or inflammation in our respiratory tract but no mucus build up.

Almost 60% of the positive cases of COVID-19 reported dry cough as a prominent symptom.

A dry cough does not have any mucus.A dry cough feels scratchy and characterized by zero phlegm production, unlike in wet cough

Dry coughs are often caused by upper respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu. 

Other possible causes of dry cough include:

  • laryngitis
  • sore throat
  • croup
  • tonsillitis
  • sinusitis
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • medications, especially ACE inhibitors
  • exposure to irritants such as air pollution, dust, or smoke

Wet cough

A wet cough, also known as productive cough, is characterised by the production of mucus during the action. They can come on slowly or quickly and may be accompanied by some other symptoms, such as runny nose post nasal drip and fatigue

In a wet cough, one may feel like there’s something stuck at the back of their throat.  The duration of a cough may be a big clue as to its cause.

Conditions that can cause a wet cough include:

  • cold or flu
  • pneumonia
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • acute bronchitis
  • asthma

Coughs in babies, toddlers, and children that last less than three weeks are almost always caused by a cold or flu.

Paroxysmal cough

A paroxysmal cough is characterised  with irregular attacks of violent, uncontrollable coughing.

A paroxysmal cough is very exhausting and painful. People may even struggle to get a breath and may vomit.

Babies are more prone to whooping cough and face more severe complications from it.

Other possible causes of a bad coughing fit include:

  • asthma
  • COPD
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis
  • Choking

Croup cough

Croup is a viral infection that typically affects children of ages 5 and below. The cough causes the upper airway to become irritated and swollen,Since young children have narrower airways swelling further narrows the airway causing difficulties in breathing.

Croup causes a characteristic “barking” cough that sounds like a seal. Swelling in and around the larynx (The Voice box) also causes a raspy voice and squeaky breathing noises.

The takeaway

There are many different types of coughs. COVID-19 is mostly characterised by dry cough while common cold is characterised by wet cough.One must immediately report dry cough symptoms to their nearest medical establishment .

The characteristics, duration, and severity of a cough may indicate the cause. Coughing is a symptom of many illnesses and could be caused by a variety of conditions.

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