If you’re coughing away and bringing up phlegm in the process then you’re dealing with a chesty cough.
A chesty cough, also known as a mucus cough, can drive you crazy which is why we stock a wide range of chesty cough medicines that can help to loosen that phlegm and clear your cough.
We stock chesty cough remedies from your favourite brands, including Benylin, Covonia, and Robitussin, so you can find the perfect way to treat that cough.
Some of our cough medicines also include other active ingredients to tackle congestion, pain, and fever, ideal for chesty coughs caused by a cold or the flu and accompanied by other irritating symptoms.
A chesty cough is the type of cough which brings up phlegm or mucus, which is why it’s also known as a productive cough.
This mucus may be white or coloured green or yellow, depending on the cause of your cough.
When you have a chesty cough, it’s often your body’s way of getting rid of excess mucus which is created when you’re sick or responding to an allergy.
By coughing up the phlegm, you’re helping your body to clear your airways and remove irritants like pollen or dust in the process.
Chesty coughs often happen when you have a cold or an allergy, as these both make your body create excess mucus which needs to be cleared from your airways.
You could also develop a chesty cough as a result of a chest infection or upper respiratory tract infection like bronchitis.
If your cough is caused by an infection, you’ll often bring up yellow or green phlegm.
A mucus cough will usually pass within 3 - 4 weeks, but if it hasn’t cleared after this time we’d recommend speaking to your doctor for advice.
There are two common types of cough, a dry, tickly cough and a chesty, mucus cough, and they’re pretty easy to tell apart.
If you have a dry cough you won’t produce any mucus or phlegm when you cough.
On the other hand, if you have a chesty cough you’ll bring up phlegm when you have a good coughing session.
Different types of cough need different types of cough medicine, which is why there are so many available.
If you have a chesty cough then the best thing to do is get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.
These will help your body to recover from the cold, flu, or other infection that’s causing your cough, and therefore help to ease the cough itself.
You can also try to make a hot drink with honey and lemon, which may help to soothe your irritated throat.
The best treatment for treating a cough is dependent on the type of cough that you have. If you have a dry or tickly cough then the medication that you should use will be different than the one you should use for a chesty or mucus cough. For more information on the best types of cough medicine to use, check out our guide in the link below.
Children’s cough medicine for chesty coughs is usually only suitable for kids aged 6 and over and is not right for babies.
If your baby or young child has a chesty cough, we’d recommend asking your doctor or pharmacist for advice, as they can recommend suitable treatment and doctors can provide a prescription if needed.