THE CLAIM: A new soother for sore throats, dry coughs
The researchers looked at 15 trials of the various types of cough medicine -from 'antitussives' to treat dry coughs
to 'expectorants' for chesty coughs with phlegm -and came to the conclusion that the pounds 100 million or so spent on over-the-counter cough medicines in the UK every year may be 'an unnecessary expense'.
Victims of Sars suffer raging temperatures, dry coughs
and breathing difficulties.
Sold at ambient temperature and intended for home-freezing, the freezer pops are designed to relieve dry coughs
People who get flu can suffer from fever and headaches, aching limbs and weak muscles, sore throats, runny noses and dry coughs
menthol and eucalyptus, Vic or Karvol for catarrh, sinusitis and dry coughs
Preparations to help replace lost fluids after vomiting or diarrhoea Preparations for minor stomach upsets Soothing throat lozenges A thermometer A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and assorted dressings Safety pins, tweezers and sharp scissors.
If you're coughing up phlegm, avoid medicines designed for dry coughs
For dry coughs
there are a variety of suppressants available, but you have to be careful as some may have side-effects such as drowsiness and a dry mouth.
If you cough up phlegm, your body is clearing the infection from your lungs so never use a cough medicine designed for dry coughs
Cough medicines can be broadly divided into two types; expectorants, which facilitate coughing up phlegm, for use in a productive or chesty coughs, and suppressants, which suppress the coughing reflex and are for use in non-productive or dry coughs