Experts Explain thCoronavirus Symptom
Here's how it's different from other coughs you've had.Have you heard the typical symptoms by now: fever, shortness of breath, dry cough—about 80 percent of those with coronavirus only get those mild signs, according to research. And while one of those symptoms—a cough—may sound pretty easy to diagnose, many are questioning what exactly a dry cough is, and how it's different from other coughs.
asically, a dry cough is one where no mucus or phlegm is produced with the cough based ear nose and throat physician, and medical director for the US Institute for Advanced Sinus Care & Research, tells healthConversely, a wet cough is one filled with mucus or phlegm where someone can actually feel the mucus move in their bronchi or throat," he says, adding that "mucus expectorates or leaves the chest with each cough.
A dry cough may also sound different than a wet cough. "It has a very consistent sound," says Dr. Das—often triggered by a tickle in the back of your throat, with a barking or hoarse sound. That's because "the airway is not constantly changing with the cough," says Dr. Das. (With a wet cough, mucus builds up, then leaves, constantly changing the airways.) He explains that, while dry coughs don't necessarily hurt, they are unsatisfying coughs, because no mucus or phlegm is expelled past the vocal cords.Still, the coughing can get so hard that the person can possibly injure their ribs or intercostal muscles.
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