What Does a Wet Cough vs. a Dry Cough Mean?

We’ve all been there when a cough takes over and, for a second, you think it will never end. Especially in Fountain City and surrounding communities, the pollen is everywhere—which is probably the culprit behind much of our coughing.

Did you know that there are actually two distinct kinds of cough? Let’s take a look at the differences between a wet cough and a dry cough:

What Does It Mean If I Have a Wet Cough?

A wet cough can also be known as a chesty cough, especially since when you cough you can feel as though you have a tight chest.

This type of cough usually produces mucus or phlegm, and you will often feel worse when talking or after waking up from sleep.

Causes of Wet Cough

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Viral infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Smoking

What Does It Mean If I Have a Dry Cough?

Unlike a wet cough, a dry cough does not produce any mucus or phlegm. It can also be called an unproductive cough, since nothing is able to be released from the lungs.

Causes of Dry Cough

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Heart failure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Smoking
  • Upper respiratory infections

Have a cough that’s lingering even though you’ve tried at-home remedies? Then, it’s time to visit a physician at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City for care!