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Suffer from a congested cough, a dry tickling cough or a cough with mucus?


Coughing is in fact, a fantastic cleaning system for the respiratory tract. Normally, the numerous cilia in the upper respiratory tract remove mucus and “intruders” such as dust particles, sending them to the pharynx. But if something is pulled into the windpipe (such as a piece of food) or if too much mucus is produced, it triggers a cough reflex. With coughing, the air is pressed out with great force; up to 120-160 kilometres per hour! Coughing is one of the symptoms of the flu.

There are various kinds of cough

You may be coughing up much mucus, while the person beside you has a dry or tickling cough. There are various kinds of cough:

Productive cough - this form of coughing is also known as a wet or mucus cough, because it drives the mucus out of the upper respiratory tract.

Tickling cough - this cough does not bring up any mucus and is called a non-productive cough. Something irritates your throat, stimulating the cough reflex.

Dry cough - again a non-productive cough, comparable to a tickling cough, although the cause may differ

Persistent cough - a cough which lasts more than three weeks. The term may be applied on productive and non-productive kinds of cough

Smoker’s cough - this is the result of prolonged smoking and occurs because the lungs try to drive  out the toxin buildup in the respiratory tract.

Which type of cough do you have

Answer these three questions to find out >> which type of cough you have

What helps with a cough?

Is the cough productive? So, we “rattle” all day long. All because the overwhelming amount of mucus in the respiratory tract is so thick that it cannot be easily coughed up.  So, we keep on coughing. Until we get tired of it...
This productive or "wet" cough is typical during a cold. The cold will go away after a few days, but don't worry, you do not have to put up with this cough for days! Solution: A.Vogel Bronchosan®

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You are about to fall asleep and all of a sudden, a nasty tickling in your throat triggers a coughing fit. Your coughing wakes up your husband, your children...everybody is awake! Typical of dry cough. The more you cough, the worse the tickling gets. Solution: eliminate the tickle by protecting the mucous membrane against (further) irritation. Use A.Vogel Soothing Cough Syrup.

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Watch this video about natural support when you have the flu and diminished resistance from the beautiful A.Vogel Garden.

When to go to your doctor?

Consult a doctor if coughing hurts. Especially if you cough up blood or rust-coloured mucus. And of course, if the cough persists more than 3 weeks. 

How can you help yourself with a cough

Do not smoke and avoid smoky rooms. Take in some daily extra oxygen by walking outside for instance, but avoid going near contaminated, smoky environments. Make sure to rest sufficiently; this improves resistance.

The cough reflex

Coughing is a defense mechanism of the body, aimed at keeping the respiratory tract clean. 

The walls of our respiratory tract, from the back of the throat, to deep in the lungs, are full of nerve endings. When those get irritated, signals reach the cough centre of the brain and triggers a series of coordinated muscle actions which lead to coughing. We call this the cough reflex and it goes like this: 

The cartilaginous structure (better know as the larynx) is temporarily shut by the epiglottis.  This is followed almost simultaneously by the contraction of the belly and chest muscles, causing a pressure in the upper respiratory tract.  

As soon as the epiglottis relaxes again, the larynx opens and 1 1/2 litre of air is forcefully expelled from the lungs via the upper respiratory tract. This leads to the characteristic cough sound.

During this air expulsion, speeds of 150 km/h have been measured, whereby undesired material is pushed out of the upper respiratory tract. At the same time, three thousand miniscule droplets of saliva come free.

Nutrition advice with coughing

Avoid junk food (fat, refined food) and put down that glass of milk (it increases mucus production). Sour diary products such as buttermilk, yogurt and cottage cheese are fine.

Choose vitamin and mineral-rich foods, preferably organically grown. Vitamin C is especially important (fruits, vegetables and potatoes).

Eat salads containing a little horseradish, watercress or garden cress.

Enjoy a herbal tea of anise, pimpernel, thyme and goldenrod, sweetened with honey.

What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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