How To Get Rid of Dry Cough
Suffering from dry cough is not a pleasant experience. The embarrassment that results from having to cough out in crowded areas to the discomforting feeling of irritation in the throat and chest region-it may even result in sleepless nights.
In such conditions, all you’ll mostly focus on is how to get rid of the dry cough and move on with normal daily activities. In this post we will explore the effective dry cough treatments available.
WHAT IS DRY COUGH?
Firstly, it is important for you to know that there are two types of cough: dry cough and productive or wet cough. Different medications are used to treat each type. A productive or wet cough is usually useful; it is your body’s way of getting rid of mucus (phlegm) and clearing out the lung and upper airways.
On the other hand, a dry cough is not associated with any mucus production, and is mostly characterized by an irritation at the back of your throat. It is usually a severe hacking cough accompanied by sore throat, mild fever, short dry breath, and chest pain.
A dry cough can be the result of viral infection, cold, allergies, acid reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD), cigarette smoke or exposure to other air pollutant that could irritate the lung or throat.
DRY COUGH TREATMENT.
There are various treatment methods that you could employ to get rid of dry cough, they include:
- Natural/herbal medication and
- Use of prescribe medicine for dry cough.
Know the root cause of your dry cough can help you both prevent the cough and apply the right treatment. For instance, if you know that you are allergic to a particular substance, you could simple avoid it to prevent getting a dry cough.
DRY COUGH MEDICINE.
Before you take any medication for dry cough it is advisable to consult your doctor. Self-prescription could prove dangerous and effective-besides, there could be unknown side effects. Dry cough can easily be treated by using cough suppressant available at most pharmaceutical stores.
Dry cough caused by bacteria can be treated using common antibiotic medicine. However if allergies, cold, flu, cigarette smoke or other airborne pollutant are the cause of your cough you could use nasal steroids, antihistamines, immunotherapy, cough syrup and decongestants to effectively treat the cough.
A major constituent to look for in dry cough medicine is Pseudoephedrine or Phenylephrine. Studies have shown that the activity of these medications helps to remediate dry cough by increasing the immunity of our system and stretching the body’s resistance to infections. They also reduce the inflammation at the back of the throat that causes irritation.
NATURAL OR HERBAL MEDICATION.
Before the advent of conventional drugs, natural or herbal medications were used to effectively treat dry cough. A common natural treatment is the use of honey.
Just taking a little spoon full of honey will help to reduce the irritation at the back of your throat, and suppress the dry cough. Other effective medications for dry cough include: Ginger peppermint syrup, steam from hot water, gargling with salt water, hot drinks, etc.
Herbal plants with medicinal properties that have been used to effectively treat dry cough include: Marshmallow, Mullein, Pin shoots extract, Spruce shoot extract, etc.
With early diagnosis and treatment, a dry cough should not exceed 2-3 weeks. There are severe cases of dry cough that may be indications of more serious medical conditions such as: asthma, lung problem or cancer, whooping cough, Tuberculosis, and heart disease.
Generally if your cough persists after 2 week of medication please consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.