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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Throat infections involve the whole back of your throat or just your tonsils. Tonsils are small lumps of tissue in the back of your throat. Tonsils help fight infection but sometimes get infected themselves. Infection of the tonsils is called tonsillitis.
Everyone gets throat infections, but tonsillitis happens mostly to children. Throat infections are usually caused by a virus but may be caused by bacteria. Symptoms include swollen, red tonsils and severe pain when you swallow.
Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Symptoms can include a severe sore throat, difficulty swallowing, headache, fever and chills. The tonsils themselves may appear red and swollen and can have white patches on them.
The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes worse. Treating it at initial stage reduces the chances of further discomfort and even spread to other individuals.
Use of antibiotic is only effective against bacteria. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses, so taking them will usually not help.
Gargling helps by allowing the antiseptic solution to act on the germs present in the oral and throat area. It provides immediate soothing effect on the symptoms of sore throat.
Below are the steps that you can take to prevent getting sore throat:
Cofsils Experdine Gargle contains povidone iodine, which kills a wide range of germs including bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores.
Cofsils Experdine Gargle is used for the treatment of acute infections of the throat. Cofsils Experdine Gargle is quick acting and begins to kill the germs within 30 seconds of gargling.
Salt-water gargle contains salt only. This only helps to flush the toxins from the throat and does not kill the germs causing the infections.
Cofsils Experdine Gargle contains povidone iodine that is scientifically proven to kill germs causing throat infections. It starts to act very quickly, that is within 30 seconds of gargling. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory action that helps subside the throat inflammation, pain and irritation.
Small amount may be swallowed during gargling. If accidentally swallowed in large amounts, consult your local doctor immediately.
Cofsils Experdine Gargle is indicated for infected inflammatory conditions of the mouth and pharynx caused by bacterial or monilial infections such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, stomatitis, traumatic ulcers etc. and in dental surgery.
For adults and children above 6 years - Dilute with an equal volume of water & gargle or rinse for at least 30 seconds and spit it out. Repeat every 2 to 4 hours for as long as required or as directed by the physician.
Cofsils Experdine Gargle contains povidone-iodine that kills the germs that cause sore throat. It starts to act within 30 seconds. However, the sense of feeling better may vary individual to individual.
Cofsils Experdine Gargle should not be used in children below 6 years of age.
If pregnant or breastfeeding, one should not use unless advised by your physician.
It is necessary to contact your doctor if:
Kanagalingam J, Feliciano R, et.al. Practical use of povidone-iodine antiseptic in the maintenance of oral health and in the prevention and treatment of common oropharyngeal infections. Int J Clin Pract. 2015 Nov; 69(11):1247-56