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Winter is the traditional time for colds and flu, but fortunately there are a number of steps that can be taken to ease the effect of infections. Many over the counter remedies are available for specific types of cough, cold and flu symptoms.
There are two main types of cough: chesty and dry. Chesty coughs produce excessive mucus or thicker mucus known as phlegm, while dry (or tickly) coughs do not so getting your cough cold facts right helps you get your medicine right.
Chesty coughs can be relieved with medications that soothe the cough reflex and stuffiness as well as promoting mucus and phlegm to be coughed up. Benylin cold products for chesty coughs include Original formula with the anti-histamine diphenhydramine and Non Drowsy formula with guaifenesin which helps thin and expectorate (cough up) mucus.
Dry coughs can be eased with remedies to soothe sore throats and help suppress coughing. Benylin UK products include Dry Coughs Original and a Non Drowsy formula, both containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan.