Cough is a defensive reflex of the body that functions to keep the airways clear of irritating or obstructing substances so that breathing, especially the intake of oxygen, is effective.
Cough is also the most frequent symptom of respiratory disease. Coughing that brings up thick mucus can be due to cold or respiratory infections.
Cough due to upper respiratory infections is usually harmless although it can affect your quality of life as it can be irritating and distressing to yourself and others.
Cough that is dry and doesn’t bring up secretions is termed as dry or non-productive cough. Dry cough is most commonly caused by irritation. Exposure to irritants — like smoke particles or pollution — can irritate the throat and airway linings, leading to dry cough. Infectious diseases, including a cold or the flu, can also trigger changes in the delicate tissues lining the airways, activating cough reflexes.
Sometimes cough can be chesty and productive, where you produce thick mucus. You feel tightness in your chest, with or without breathlessness. Productive or wet cough is triggered by infection, irritation, and inflammation in the airways. These triggers increase the production of mucus, which activates the cough receptors in the airways, getting them to produce cough.
Some common triggers of cough are -
Most of the time, a cough doesn’t require treatment. It will go away on its own. The best way to treat a viral infection-induced cough is to just let the immune system combat it. Gargling with warm water and inhaling steam will provide relief till then. Also, cough medicines may be helpful if your cough is caused by a cold or the flu (influenza).
Combination medication is used to treat cough associated with multiple symptoms. The combination should temporarily treat the cough and any chest congestion and stuffy nose symptoms caused by the common cold and flu.
Cofsils Medicated Cough Syrup serves as an effective combination for multi-symptom cough relief (i.e. it is effective in controlling cough, cold, sore throat, and other symptoms of congestion).
Cofsils Medicated Cough Syrup provides fast action (within 15 minutes) in multi-symptom cough relief. It contains diphenhyramine hydrochloride, an anti-allergic drug that relieves symptoms of allergy. Therefore, Cofsils Medicated Cough Syrup is particularly effective in relieving cough that is allergic in origin.
The syrup is also rich in the following:
Ammonium chloride: An expectorant that stimulates the respiratory tract to increase the production of bronchial secretions. This helps to soothe the air passages.
Sodium citrate: A mucolytic agent that breaks down mucus so that coughing it up becomes easier. Sodium citrate also acts as an expectorant, helping to relieve chest congestion.
Cofsils Medicated Cough Syrup does not contain alcohol as do commonly available cough syrups. Instead, it is a combination that offers multi-symptom cough relief.
Cofsils Natural Cough Syrup is a cough formula that combines medicinal herbs beneficial to suppressing cough reflexes and relieving chest congestion. It also performs soothing, cooling actions to reduce throat pain and discomfort. Additionally, the honey-based formulation of Cofsils Natural Cough Syrup even helps to relieve nighttime coughing in children.
Cofsils Natural Cough Syrup does the following:
|Honey, munkka||Soothe an irritated throat, relieve nighttime coughing|
|Yastimadhu, tulsi, banapsha||Suppress the cough reflex|
|Vasa, talishpatra, shati||Relieve chest congestion|
|Shunthi, shati||Reduce throat pain and irritation|
|Haldi, pippali||Enhance immunity against recurrent cough and cold|
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Gairola, S, Gupta V, et. al. Herbal antitussives and expectorants - A review. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and Research. January-March, 2014, 5 (2): 5 – 9
A sore throat is often the first sign of a cold or influenza, and 85-90% of the time, it is caused by viruses. Most cases of acute sore throat due to upper respiratory tract infections are usually not serious and are self-limiting, generally improving within a week.
A sore throat is generally caused by a viral or bacterial infection. However, it can also be triggered by other factors, which cause irritation in the throat, such as cigarette smoke, pollution, speaking loudly, etc.
Sore throat leads to mild local discomfort in the throat, with an itchy sensation, swelling, pain, and difficulty in swallowing. A sore throat is often accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as cold, cough, and local congestion.
Sore throat, especially the kind caused by viruses, is treatable through rest, adequate fluid intake, and the consumption of over-the-counter pain medication such as medicated lozenges. Sore throats that are caused by bacteria and that bring with them severe symptoms can be serious and require antibiotics.
Regardless of the cause, a sore throat can be managed well at home. The following are some ways in which discomfort can be dealt with:
Medicines and their side effects can affect different individuals differently. Some side effects that are known to be associated with Cofsils are hypersensitivity reactions, for example, itchiness or discomfort in the mouth or throat. If you experience this, stop using the lozenges, and consult your doctor immediately.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before consuming any medicine, including Cofsils.
Cofsils Cough Lozenges may be used by adults and older children. However, their use by very young children (< 3-4 years of age) could result in choking hazards and is best avoided.
Cofsils Natural Cough Syrup contains 41 herbs, including the following:
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