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5 Common Cough Types

We’re revealing the top five most common cough types, along with solutions for fast relief. You’ll be sending your cough packing and getting back to owning the day in no time at all.

Why Do We Cough?

A cough is your body’s natural response to something bothering your throat or airways1. Coughs are a symptom, not a disease, and most coughs end when the cause, like a cold, goes away. While you are recovering, it can be useful to identify what type of cough you are dealing with, to help you get back to your regular routine.


This persistent cough is often due to a minor throat irritation that can disrupt your busy day, leaving you with a dry, irritated throat. A dry cough typically hangs on even after your cold has hit the road.

What Causes Dry Cough?

Dry cough is can be caused by viral illnesses, such as the common cold. Dry coughs that continue after other cold symptoms have cleared up or without a cold can be caused by other factors2.

If you are suffering with a dry cough, try BENYLIN® Extra Strength Dry Cough or BENYLIN® Dry Cough Night Syrup to help!


Cough’s occasionally tag along when you have a bad cold. They can be hard to control and accompanied by nasal congestion.

Why Do We Cough When We Have a Cold?

Coughing is your body’s way of getting rid of foreign substances and mucus out of your lungs and upper airway passages3. When at home, coughing can be useful and you should try not to stop it. Relieving your cough symptoms, though, can help you feel more comfortable as your cold passes. Consider, BENYLIN® Extra Strength Cough Complete for your tough cold and cough symptoms.


What Causes a Chest Cough?

A chest cough is often related to what people general call a chest cold. The medical term for this is “acute bronchitis.”

A chest cold happens when the airways of the lungs swell and produce mucus in the lungs, which make you cough. They are often caused by a virus and last less than 3 weeks.

Acute bronchitis can leave you with chest congestion, a vigorous cough to expel your congestion and a sore, scratchy throat. Don’t get dragged down. Try BENYLIN® Extra Strength Cough & Chest Congestion Syrup to help clear out congestion while controlling your cough and soothing your throat pain.


If you have an annoying chest cough that is accompanied by mucus and phlegm, try BENYLIN® Extra Strength Mucus & Phlegm. It works to loosen and thin mucus and phlegm so you can get on with your day.


BENYLIN® ALL-IN-ONE® Cold and Flu Liquid Gels  can be an effective choice in helping you relieve all of your cold and flu symptoms in one solution.

Other Tips and Prevention Techniques

There are other things you can do to help make yourself more comfortable when you suffer from a nagging cough. A humidifier is a great option to help moisturize the air you breathe and keep you hydrated. Plus, a warm bowl of soup will always feel soothing at the end of a day.

If you’ve caught a virus, make sure it ends with you. Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue while coughing and throw it away after each use. Also, wash your hands often, and try to keep your home and office clean. If, after taking all precautions, you find yourself sick, remember that BENYLIN® has the strength you want to relieve your worst cough symptoms.


If you don’t feel like climbing out from under the covers, BENYLIN® can be delivered directly to your door in less than 48 hours!



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