Chesty Cough

Does your chest feel wheezy and tight?
Are you coughing up phlegm?
Do you feel a build-up of sticky mucus in your chest and airways?


Phlegm, a tight feeling and a rattle when you inhale – these are all symptoms of a chesty cough.

Also known as a wet cough or a productive cough, it’s the result of having too much thick phlegm in your airways. This sticky liquid can be white, yellow or green and comes up during coughing.

The body’s natural response is to cough, to clear out the airways. You can help your body’s natural response by making the phlegm thinner and easier to cough up – with effective, Bisolvon® Chesty.

Signs and symptoms of chesty cough

  • Sticky phlegm that comes up during persistent coughing
  • A wheezing, rattling sound especially when breathing in and coughing
  • Your chest feels tight, heavy and/or congested
  • Your cough is often worse in the morning

Different colours of phlegm – What they mean

  • Clear, translucent phlegm: normal mucus is thin, translucent and clear or cloudy.
  • Yellow: immune-response cells called leukocytes make phlegm appear yellow, and can result from an inflammation of the airways.
  • Green: indicates a more serious bacterial infection such as bronchitis.
  • Brown: air-borne dust, smog or smoke can cause brown flecks in phlegm, as can traces of blood from the lungs or airways.
  • Grey: cigarette smoke and air pollution can cause grey phlegm.
  • Pink: people suffering from asthma may cough up pink phlegm resulting from blood cells appearing in the walls of the airways.
  • Frothy phlegm: illnesses such as pneumonia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease may result in frothy mucus from the lungs being coughed up.

For more information please consult your doctor.


Chesty cough in children
It is perfectly normal for children to develop a cough when they have a cold. This kind of cough usually starts as a dry, non-productive cough and becomes a productive cough as the cold develops. Bisolvon® offers pleasant-tasting products that are specially formulated for children, to help dissolve the phlegm and clear the airways.


Chesty cough – When should I take my child to my doctor?

  • Barking sound: this may be a symptom of croup
  • Whooping sound: pertussis is a serious condition that requires immediate medical help
  • Wheezing or whistling sound: this may be caused by an object lodged in your child’s airway, or an infection of the vocal chords - get medical help straight away
  • Chesty cough plus fever (38°C / 110.4° F or above) or headache
  • Cough lasts for more than five days or keeps returning


How does it work?

Learn about how Bisolvon® gives you fast, effective relief from coughs and colds.