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Dry Cough

Cough is the process of clearing the mucus and irritants from the airway. There are two types of cough one is productive and the other is non-productive. A productive cough produces mucus while a non-productive cough does not. Nonproductive is also known as dry-cough.

Common Cause

  • Asthma
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Postnasal drip
  • Viral infection
  • ACE-Inhibitors
  • Lung cancer
  • Smoking
  • Collapsed lungs
  • Heart failure
  • Whooping cough


  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Pain and aches
  • Headache
  • Lymph nodes swollen
  • Pain in joints
  • Rash
  • Bleeding gums
  • Diarrhea


  • Lung cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Heart failure
  • Cystic failure
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease)
  • Pulmonary embolism

Stopping or prevention Dry Cough at home


Use a humidifier at home, this adds moisture to the environment, Dry air common at heated homes aggravates the dry cough. Try to use a humidifier that helps you heal faster.

Warm Liquids

Soup, tea-like warm liquids add moisture that helps to relieve the inflamed throat tissues.

Avoid Irritants

Avoid irritants like perfumes, cleaning products, pet hair, smoke, pollen, etc. that slow down your healing process.


  • Honey will reduce inflammation by adding anti-inflammatory properties to the throat.
  • Add honey to the cup of warm tea or water.
  • Stop the types of medication that are causing you to cough.


  • Gargling with salt water will help to promote healing and inflamed tissues.
  • Vitamins play an important role in the strengthening of your immune system.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. This will ensure that the moist throat and will heal properly.
  • Target to drink 8 to 12 glasses of water a day.
  • Practice hand washes to prevent various respiratory illnesses.

When to visit the Doctor

  • If you are having a constant dry cough along with chest pain, difficulty in breathing, and fever, visit your health care provider.
  • If your cough is mainly at night time, causing choking and vomiting do consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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