Wet cough occurs when fluid in the airways triggers the coughing reflex. wet cough is also known productive cough, since it produces phlegm.


  • respiratory infections
  • acute bronchitis
  • pneumonia
  • broncheatasis
  • copd
  • CHF
  • chronic lung conditions
  • heart condition


  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • bubbling, popping, or rattling sounds, called “crackles”
  • continuous, low pitched, snore-like sounds, called “rhonchi”
  • pink tinged phlegm


  • Chest X-rays
  • lung function tests
  • bloodwork
  • sputum analysis, which is a microscopic look at mucus
  • pulse oximetry test.
  • arterial blood gas test


ANTIM TART - Great rattling of mucus, but very little is expectorated. Velvety feeling in chest. Burning sensation in chest, which ascends to throat. Rapid, short, difficult breathing; seems as if he would suffocate; must sit up. Dizziness, with cough. Dyspnśa relieved by eructation. Cough and dyspnśa better lying on right side.

RUMEX-Tickling in throat-pit causes cough. Copious mucous discharge from nose and trachea. Dry, teasing cough, preventing sleep. Aggravated by pressure, talking, and especially by inspiring cool air and at night. Thin, watery, frothy expectoration by the mouthful: later, stringy and tough. Rawness of larynx and trachea. Soreness behind sternum, especially left side, in region of left shoulder.

DROSERA-Harassing and titillating cough in children-not at all through the day, but commences as soon as the head touches the pillow at night. Clergyman's sore throat, with rough, scraping, dry sensation deep in the fauces; voice hoarse, deep, toneless, cracked, requires exertion to speak. Asthma when talking, with contraction of the throat at every word uttered.

IPECAC-wheezing cough. Cough incessant and violent, with every breath. Chest seems full of phlegm, but does not yield to coughing. Bubbling rales. Suffocative cough;

KALI SULPH-Coarse rales. Rattling of mucus in chest .Post-grippal cough, especially in children. Bronchial asthma, with yellow expectoration. Cough; worse in evening and in hot atmosphere. Croupy hoarseness.

CAUSTICUM-Cough, with raw soreness of chest. Expectoration scanty; must be swallowed. Cough with pain in hip, especially left worse in evening; better, drinking cold water; worse, warmth of bed. Sore streak down trachea. Mucus under sternum, which he cannot quite reach. Pain in chest, with palpitation. Cannot lie down at night.