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Dry Cough Causes

Dry Cough Causes

Dry coughing is a medical condition that is associated with multiple causes. In this article, we will have a look at various dry cough causes, along with their remedies.
Parashar Joshi
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2018
Whooping cough, scientifically known as Pertussis, is referred to as "cough of 100 days" or "100 days' cough" in many countries, because it can last for up to 10 weeks.
Contrary to what many people believe, dry coughing at night is not limited to young children alone. It is something that affects people of all ages and backgrounds.
A person who works in an air-conditioned office is just as likely to develop its symptoms as someone working in an iron quarry. The thing is, many people tend to ignore dry cough as a seemingly harmless and common phenomenon, hence, the lack of awareness regarding the symptoms, causes, and remedies for the same.
In the following sections of this article, we will explore the various possible causes of dry cough in children as well as adults, along with treatment options.
  • Pets in vicinity
  • Post nasal drip
  • Airborne infections
  • Chain smoking
  • Common cold
  • Low humidity
  • Asbestosis
  • Laryngitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Tracheitis
  • Bronchospasm
  • Acid reflux
  • Dry cough history
  • Respiratory infection
  • Weather changes
  • Exposure to pollutants
  • Changes in AC temp.
  • Exposure to fumes or chemicals
  • Side effects of certain medicines
  • Viral infections- flu, pneumonia
Many a time, a dry cough happens to be an early symptom of an oncoming bout of cold and flu, or any other sinus infection. However, that does not mean that you interpret each and every case of dry cough to be an approaching sign of a serious illness. Sometimes, a random case of dry cough at night can be a result of severe dryness in the air, or due to recent exposure to some harmful pollutant matter, etc.
Home Remedies
Often, something as simple and basic as a hot shower can help in lessening the irritation caused by dry cough. Standing under a hot water shower for a good 10 - 15 minutes and inhaling the steam can help in moistening your throat and reducing the inflammation.

Gargling is another option for getting relief from a case of sore throat and dry cough. Mix a little bit of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle as many times as possible. However, make sure that the water is not too hot, or else it may burn the inner lining of your throat and result in further soreness.

Drink enough water. It helps in keeping your throat hydrated and reduces coughing significantly. For added measure, make sure that the water is slightly warm. Adding a spoonful of honey to your glass of water is also a good idea.

Lozenges are a good household solution to the problem of dry coughing. Keep one in your mouth and suck it from time to time so that it keeps your throat moist and lubricated. As an alternative, you could also substitute it with some chewing gum or mint candy.

Ginger root is extremely helpful as a dry cough remedy. You can make use of it in two ways. One way is to peel off the skin of a small piece of ginger and keep it in the corner of your mouth. Suck it from time to time and you will notice that its juice helps in relieving the soreness in your throat. The other alternative is to extract the juice from a couple of pieces of ginger and mix them with some honey and lemon. Mix the potion well and drink a spoonful as many as times a day as needed.

Turmeric powder mixed with a glass of hot milk helps in soothing your throat and curbing the urge to cough. For best results, mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a large glass of milk and boil the mixture well so that the turmeric powder mixes thoroughly with the milk. This is an effective solution for treating dry cough in children.

Dry cough is normally non-productive cough and it can be treated using some cough suppressants available in the market.

Remember, even after you have determined the cause, and your cough persists despite making use of the above-mentioned home remedies, it is recommended that you visit a doctor for further treatment.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical expert.