How to Get Rid of a Dry Cough
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How to Get Rid of a Dry Cough

Dry cough is a condition which do not bring out phlegm and doesn't seem to serve any purpose except making the person suffer in most instances.

Are you suffering from a cough which do not produce phlegm or precipitate in response to an irritant in the air that you breathe? If so, you may be suffering from the condition which many of us recognize as a ‘dry cough’.

This type of cough does not particularly perform any protective or curative function as it does with certain other types of coughs. In most instances, the dry cough would be precipitated by persistent irritations over the upper airways and it is likely that until such exposures are avoided, the condition will remain.

Thus, the secret behind curing a dry cough would be to detect the underlying precipitant and thus to take remedial measures to minimize its exposure. As such, let us now see some of the commonly administered remedies for episodes of dry cough before it reach the point which requires you to visit your doctor.

Drink plenty of water

One of the common problems in dry cough would be the inability of the cough reflex to bring out the thick phlegm. In such instances, thinning out the secretions would be immensely beneficial in order to relieve the persistent irritation. Thus, drinking lot of water, almost 8 glasses a day, would be advisable to effectively convert thick phlegm into easily excreted watery phlegm.

Avoid smoking

If you smoke or if you are persistently exposed to somebody else’s smoke, it may be the likely cause for a persistent dry cough. In such instances, you may not have any alternative but to avoid such exposures which will not only get rid of the cough but would prevent you from developing many other disease conditions as well.

Breathe humidified air

Dry air such as the air we breathe in the winter or while we are under the influence of an air-conditioner can lead to airway irritation and therefore to a dry cough. In such instances, use of a humidifier and keeping yourself hydrated would be effective to a large extent in avoiding such developments from taking place.

Avoid contracting sore throats

In many instances, a sore throat can precede a cough episode as it can cause persistent irritation and hyper sensitivity of the upper airways. Thus, taking remedies such as sore throat lozenges would help in preventing a sore throat from progressing into a persistent dry cough that may take ages to heal.

Purify the air you breathe

Although sounds impossible, it would be possible to at least keep the indoor air that you breath at a level with minimum dust, pollens and other substances which may lead to airway hypersensitivity and irritation. Thus, it may be a wise idea to invest on an air purifier and do your household chores in cleaning and vacuuming to minimize the impact of polluted air.

Take over-the-counter cough remedies

There are many types of over the counter cough suppressants and making use of them wouldn’t do much harm if it is for a shorter duration. But, prolonged use might cause addiction among certain individuals and may mask a more sinister complication that may be giving rise to the dry cough.

Try out some home remedies

Drinking hot tea and using honey have been long recognized as a cough remedy although scientific backing on such practices are non existing or inconclusive.

If nothing works?

Well, it’s time to see your doctor. It should be remembered that, a cough which last for several weeks and a one which is accompanied by other symptoms such as breathing difficulties, blood stained sputum, fever…etc would be an indication for you to see your doctor as soon as possible.


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Comments (1)

Very useful discussion, thanks. I get this a lot due to teaching.