If you’re looking for a dry cough remedy, then one of these solutions may help you.
Dry coughs are really irritating – not just for you, but for those around you.
It can be the result of many things – smoking, dry atmosphere, the aftermath of a cold, public speaking, singing, talking, nerves, anxiety or stress.
A dry cough is generally considered to be a non productive cough – ie, does not produce phlegm. You cough and cough until your sides ache and your throat is sore and you can hardly speak.
The idea behind a dry cough remedy is to suppress the urge to cough, enabling your throat and ribs to rest and you to carry on with whatever task is in hand.
Here are 8 different things to try to relieve your dry cough and a tip at the end to stop a cough which you can use at any time.
Throat Lozenges or Peppermint Candy
Keep a packet of throat lozenges or peppermints in your pocket. When you feel the urge to cough, suck one slowly - this could take away the urge to cough.
Add a teaspoon of lemon and a tablespoon of honey to a warm mug of tea. The honey will coat your irritated throat and ease your cough. If you inhale the steam from the tea, then you will get an extra benefit.
Milk and Honey
Add a teaspoon of honey to a mug of warm milk. Sip slowly – inhale the steam at the same time. This is an excellent pre bedtime dry cough remedy.
We live in increasingly airless environments. Central heating, double glazing, draught exclusion and insulation are all designed to make us comfortable. What can happen though, is you sit in a stuffy atmosphere, breathing in the same dry air over and over. It’s no wonder that we cough. Try a humidifier, an indoor water feature or even a bowl of water to add some humidity.
Take a small piece of fresh ginger and peel it. Chew it slowly when you have the urge to cough. It’s quite fiery, so only have a small piece.
Steam can help soothe your irritated throat and stop your cough. Either inhale steam – pour near boiling water into a bowl; get a towel and put your head over the steam – inhale for around 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can run a bath and sit in the steamy bath or bathroom. DO BE CAREFUL if you’re inhaling – if you start to feel dizzy, then stop – remember the water is very hot and could scald you. One of these little steam inhalers is perhaps your safest bet.You fill it with your boiled water and put the mask over your nose.
Add cider vinegar to a glass or bottle of water. You will have to start with one or two teaspoons and adjust until you have the taste you like. Sip this slowly – you can have a glass beside you and just take a sip when you have the urge to cough. This is useful if you’re talking as you’re not interfering with your speech by sucking or chewing.
A cold bottle or glass of water is a good standby if you’re caught without any of your other remedies. It is easily obtainable and so is good in an emergency. If the urge to cough strikes, take a sip, wait a second or two, then carry on.
Dry coughs can be habit as well – check out this natural dry cough remedy.
It's a simple method of stopping a cough. Try it often enough and you may find you can break the habit.
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