The doctor, who has over 30 years of experience, has the answers to all your burning cough and cold questions!

Note: The doctor does not endorse any medical brands or products.

Wondering whether to push through your symptoms or try a cough remedy? A specialist doctor might be able to help you decide. Here, they answer the common question, ‘does cough medicine actually work?’, also outlining how they can soothe symptoms and which to choose depending on your cough.

Debating whether to fight your cough head-on with a medicine or let nature take its course?

The right cough syrup can help relieve symptoms of coughing and sore throats while you’re waiting for your body’s immune system to fight off the infection. A cough syrup won’t cure your cough (apart from time, nothing, including antibiotics, will do that), but can help you cough less – so don’t suffer! But, how exactly do cough medicines work?

A dry cough is caused by inflammation in your upper airways. This makes you cough even though there’s no mucus blocking your airways. To relieve the symptoms, dry cough medicine contains a demulcent. This helps soothe your throat, which in turn helps stop coughing and irritations. Products like Covonia Dry & Tickly Cough Linctus and Covonia Dry Cough Sugar-Free Formula help to eliminate your dry or tickly cough.

On the other hand, a chesty cough produces lots of mucus, and is caused by congestion in your upper airways from the mucus your body is producing. To combat this, chesty cough syrups contain an expectorant which will help bring the mucus up and help get rid of the congestion. Choose remedies with menthol or expectorants, like the Covonia Chesty Cough Mixture Mentholated or Mucus Cough Oral Solution, for relief.


If you’re unsure what type of cough you have or are looking for more information on coughs, colds and flu, visit our Articles and Advice Hub. Release the bull within and get ready to Feel the Power with Covonia. 

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Dr Sarah Jarvis


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