Dry, irritating cough
This is how you can get a grip on irritating coughs
Dry, irritating cough arises from various causes. Here we reveal what these are and what simple means you can gently get rid of the annoying complaints.
What is dry irritable cough?
A dry, irritating cough is unproductive, which means that it is a cough without slimy sputumacts. Mucus would be more indicative of a condition like bronchitis. Most often the cough is due to a cold, but there are other possible causes.
Other common causes of dry cough
- Heavy smoking
- particulate matter
- Mold spores
- Reflux disease
- Pulmonary embolism
- Dry room air that attacks the mucous membranes
- Foreign bodies in the trachea or esophagus
- Shortness of breath
In this article we also reveal what causes a strong cough can have and what helps against it.
Coughing is an innate protective reflex through which, for example, foreign bodies can be coughed up from the airways, lungs and bronchi. Drier Dry cough sounds barking and hard and can persist for one to two weeks, especially after a cold, when the other symptoms have long since subsided. You should see a doctor if the symptoms persist. The cough reflex is often difficult to suppress during this time. However, you should only use cough suppressants in the evening to be able to sleep.
Dry cough: what helps?
In addition to cough syrups from the pharmacy, some home remedies can also help to get rid of the cough and clear the airways. These include:
- Honey (a small spoonful before bed)
- Cold and steam baths
- Tea, especially with thyme or fennel
Dry cough at night
When we want to sleep, dry coughs tend to get in our way. These tips will help prevent a cough:
- Drink plenty of water
- A clean bedroom that is as dust-free as possible
- Sleep with your torso elevated
- Cool temperature in the room, roughly between 15 and 18 degrees
- Ventilate for five to ten minutes before going to sleep
- Avoid hot spices and fatty foods
By the way, you can find the best home remedies for colds in this article!