Dry Cough Treatment

Dry Cough Treatment

Dry cough is a common condition among people of all ages and can be quite troublesome for you as well as the people around you. To tackle this problem, you must treat it appropriately using certain remedies. This HealthHearty article provides information on effective homeopathic medicines and home remedies for dry cough.
Coughing is a type of reflex action that begins when the sensory nerves of the respiratory system are stimulated by different irritants. By coughing, the body tries to flush out the irritants and foreign particles that have entered the respiratory passage. Dry cough and wet cough are the two types of cough that people commonly suffer from. Dry cough can cause a lot of discomfort, especially in the night, and can also deprive the person of sleep and rest. It is common in children, but many adults, too, suffer. With the help of medications and remedies, it is essential to prevent it from turning into a persistent or chronic cough. Persistent, chronic dry cough can be very difficult to treat, and takes a long time to cure completely.
Causes
Dry cough can be caused due to various factors like exposure to atmospheric pollutants and dust, airborne infections, changes in weather, inhalation of chemicals, low humidity, smoking, etc. Certain medical conditions like asbestosis, an infection of the respiratory tract, asthma, allergies, laryngitis, bronchitis, common cold, flu, tracheitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, sinus infections, etc., are also some of the causes. It tends to aggravate in the night, and could also lead to other respiratory disorders if it is not treated on time.
Treatment
For quick relief from dry cough, over-the-counter medications and suppressants can be used. Cough suppressants that contain dextromethorphan, codeine, and pholcodine could be especially helpful in providing relief. A drug called Tessalon Perles (Benzonatate) can be used to treat chronic cough.

Homeopathic
Apart from the over-the-counter medications and prescription medications, homeopathy could be beneficial for the treatment and cure. Homeopathic treatment should be used to treat dry cough in children as it is free of any side effects. The homeopathic medicines that are consumed include sulfur, rumex crispus, nux vomica, pulsatilla, ipecacuanha, bryonia and ferrum phosphoricum.

Home Remedies
Dry cough is best treated with the help of home remedies that are effective and safe as well. Natural ingredients are to be used for these remedies. They provide long term relief and also prevent it from reoccurring.
  • Add a few drops of ginger root juice to a teaspoon of honey, and consume this three to four times a day, before going to bed. This soothes the respiratory passages and provides relief from coughing.
  • Prepare a mixture of a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of carom seeds, and half a glass of water. Consume this mixture twice a day to soothe throat irritation.
  • Drink lots of warm water throughout the day. Add some honey to warm water for better results.
  • Prepare a mixture of grape juice and honey, and consume it before going to bed, and when you wake up in the morning.
  • Have a glass of warm milk with turmeric to soothe the throat and cure the cough completely.
  • Add a couple of drops of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water to reduce throat inflammation.
  • Inhaling steam for 10 minutes, twice a day, will help hydrate and moisten the throat.
  • Consuming ginger tea or a herbal tea (like licorice root tea, marshmallow tea, thyme tea, etc.) could also help soothe the throat and the respiratory tract.
The above treatment and remedies should be followed as soon as dry cough is developed. If it is persistent or chronic, medical assistance should be sought for it, and once it has been cured, make sure you take appropriate measures to prevent it from recurring.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice.
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