Coughing is the body’s way of protecting the lungs and getting rid of things that irritate them. This is a normal and important function.
Types of cough
Some infections can leave you with a dry cough because your lungs have been irritated. This should slowly disappear during the course of your recovery. It's not clear how long after coronavirus (COVID-19) you may have a cough and it can be frustrating at times.
A dry cough is one of the most common coronavirus symptoms, but some people may have a cough with phlegm (thick mucus).
It can be difficult to control your cough but there are a few ways to help.
Ways to help a dry cough
You can also use positions to ease breathing if you cough when you go to bed.
Avoid things that make you cough, for example:
- smoky atmospheres
- air fresheners
- strong smelling candles
- strong perfumes or deodorants
Ways to help a cough with phlegm