What Is the Best Dry Cough Remedy?

Peppermint candies are used to help treat a dry cough.
Ginger tea or raw ginger can soothe a sore throat.
Being properly hydrated can help improve a dry cough.
Using a home humidifier can help ease a dry cough.
Cough suppressant lozenges that include honey or menthol can help suppress a cough.
There are several remedies that may offer relief to someone with a cough.
Someone whose cough doesn't improve should see a professional.
Honey is a cough suppressant and may help relieve a sore throat.
Apple cider vinegar and water, when mixed, make an effective cough remedy.
Honey and lemon in water can help with a dry cough.
Toasted turmeric can be used to treat dry coughs.
Deep breathing may help prevent the urge to cough.
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  • Written By: B. Miller
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  • Last Modified Date: 23 October 2014
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Dry, hacking coughs can be caused by a number of reasons, including illness, allergies, smoking, or even just dry air at home or at work. They can be persistent and difficult to get rid of permanently. There are many ways to treat dry coughs, however, and many are quite simple and involve items found around the home. The first and most important dry cough remedy is to quit smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of a persistent dry cough, and it can easily lead to other illnesses as well.

Another dry cough remedy that can be effective is to stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dryness. Tea with honey and lemon can also be an effective treatment for dry coughs, and can soothe a sore throat as well. Some people choose to add a bit of turmeric to the tea as well. In addition, sucking on a hard candy or cough drop can work in a pinch, such as during an important business meeting or phone call.

Because dry air is a leading cause of coughing and dryness, an excellent dry cough remedy is to add a humidifier to the home. These come in all different sizes, and one may be used for the entire home or just a bedroom. Even putting a humidifier in a bedroom at night can make a big difference.

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Steam also works as an excellent dry cough remedy. Taking a hot bath or shower and trying to breathe deeply, or even standing over a small pot of steaming hot water, can moisten the lungs and throat and prevent coughing. Be especially careful with boiling water; it can easily cause severe burns. Practicing some deep breathing exercises may also help prevent the urge to cough, such as trying to breathe in and out slowly through the nose, and expanding the diaphragm.

Some people find success by chewing a small bit of ginger or a peppermint candy to prevent coughing. Hot milk and honey is often found to provide dry cough relief, as well as a glass of water with a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in. Over-the-counter cough suppressants may not work very well against dry coughs, but if the cough remains persistent or gets worse, it may be necessary to visit a doctor. He or she may be able to prescribe medication, particularly for those who suffer from a dry cough due to allergies, or underlying illnesses.

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anon337139
Post 4

Wear a dust mask to bed. They trap moisture which significantly raises the humidity of the air you breathe. And help filter allergens if they're a factor.

ddljohn
Post 3

Are there any dry cough remedies for kids and babies? My 6 year old son coughs during allergy season. I want to know if home remedies like honey and teas are safe for him to have? I know that babies cannot have honey. Are there any options for babies under 12 months? Thanks.

discographer
Post 2

I suffered from a cold about three weeks ago. My fatigue and fever ended in the first week with the use of antibiotics but my cough persisted until just a few days ago. All that I have been doing is having a lot of hot fluids, fruits and water. I make a cinnamon-ginger tea in the morning and evening. I use half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of ginger powder and one to two teaspoons of honey. It's so soothing for the throat. I also have several cups of green tea and lots and lots of water throughout the day. I think keeping myself warm has helped as well.

bear78
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I used to suffer from a dry cough just because of dry air. I didn't buy a humidifier at first because I didn't know what the problem was. I did realize though that when I took a hot shower, my coughing stopped and my throat wasn't as irritated. So I would fill a large container with hot water and put a little bit of vicks in it. I held my face over it and covered my head with a towel. I inhaled the steam for about ten or fifteen minutes. It completely relieved my dry cough. This might provide some quick relief if you have the same. Humidifiers are great for the long-term. I have it on all the time when I'm home and sometimes it runs all throughout the night. Some of them have a little area for a vicks liquid so its a great cold remedy too.

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