The role of cough mucus in colds & bronchitis

Cough mucus is used to clean the respiratory tract. If an unnatural amount of cough mucus or sputum is formed, this can be a sign of a respiratory disease. The most common diseases are cough in the context of a cold, acute bronchitis, asthma, allergies, tuberculosis or lung diseases.

Productive cough for colds and bronchitis.

A cold and bronchitis are almost always accompanied by a cough. As a rule, a disease of the respiratory tract begins with irritable cough, which then turns into coughing mucus. This cough with mucus develops because the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract increasingly secrets viscous mucus. The cough mucus not only hinders breathing, it also creates ideal conditions for the spread of bacteria.

Slimy cough with sputum.

The body wants to free itself from the excessively formed cough mucus. If this succeeds, doctors speak of productive coughing, i.e. coughing with sputum or sputum. The mucus ejected has different colourings. In acute bronchitis it often has a yellowish-green colour. A sputum, however, does not only occur during an illness, but is also caused by other causes, such as smoking.

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Knowing what causes cough mucus and coughing mucus:

  • Viral inflammation of the mucous membrane, e.g. in acute bronchitis
  • Acute bacterial infection, e.g. pneumonia or cystic fibrosis
  • Bacterial infection in healing, e.g. in pneumonia
  • Lung diseases such as actinomycosis and tuberculosis
  • Heavy smoking

Important note:

The mucus cough or productive cough has a protective function. It should be promoted by taking cough expectorants so that the viscous mucus can be coughed up better. Recommended are plant-based cough solvents, e.g. with thyme!

Further topics of this website:

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Medicine for coughs.

A miracle cure for coughing? Medicinal herbs, medicine or household remedies – what really helps?

What is bronchitis?

What are the symptoms of bronchitis? Valuable information about causes, symptoms and duration.

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Aspecton ® cough syrup / cough drops. To be sold in pharmacies. Active substance: Thyme herb thick extract. application: To improve the symptoms of colds of the respiratory tract with viscous mucus, to improve the symptoms of acute bronchitis. Note: For complaints longer than 1 week, for shortness of breath, fever, purulent or bloody sputum seek medical help. Cough syrup: Contains macroglycerol hydroxystearate, glycerol and sorbitol. 10 ml correspond to 0.33 BE. The excipients may cause indigestion or diarrhoea. Not for children ® Eukaps 100 mg / 200 mg. Pharmacy exclusive. Active ingredient: eucalyptus oil. Treatment: Colds of the respiratory tract with viscous mucus. In case of symptoms lasting longer than 3 days or worsening, shortness of breath, fever, purulent or bloody sputum, seek medical attention. Status: 10/13-2.Aspecton ® Throat tablets Anise / Throat tablets Cassis. Pharmacy exclusive (medical device). Active ingredient: dry extract from Cetraria islandica (Icelandic moss). Application: Cough irritation and hoarseness. Note: Contains sorbitol. 1 lozenge corresponds to 0.04 BE. Status: 06/12-1. Aspecton ® Cough Eliminator / Junior Cough Eliminator. Pharmacy exclusive (medical device). Active ingredient: extract from Lichen islandicus (Icelandic moss). Application: Irritations of the mucous membrane in the mouth and pharynx and associated dry irritable cough. Note: Contains maltitol. 10 ml correspond to 0.29 BE. Macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate may cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Status: 03/16-1. Aspecton ® Nasal Spray. Pharmacy exclusive (medical device). Additional: Hypertonic sea salt solution (corresponding to 1.5 % table salt solution), hypromellose, dexpanthenol, camphor, levomenthol, thyme oil, eucalyptus oil, mint oil, macrogol glycerol hydroxystearate (Ph. Eur.), sodium hydroxide, citric acid monohydrate, purified water. Application: For supportive treatment of colds and congested nose. Status: 10/17-1. Aspecton ® Immune. Vitamin C and D, zinc and selenium contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system. 1 bottle per day. Notes: 1 vial corresponds to 0.02 BE. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before consumption. The recommended daily intake must not be exceeded. Dietary supplements should not be used as a substitute for a balanced and varied diet and a healthy lifestyle. The product is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Keep out of the reach of young children. In case of a known intolerance to any of the ingredients, this dietary supplement should not be taken. Status: 11/18-1. Krewel Meuselbach GmbH, 53783 Eitorf

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