Having a persistent dry cough can be really irritating , sometimes in can make you lose your sleep at night and generally bring you down emotionally. During the course of this article I will look some of the causes of a chronic cough and look at some remedies.
There are a number of reasons why you make be experiencing a persistent dry cough. It could be related with a viral infection that you may have picked up, more seriously it may be linked with bronchitis or a strong bout of flu. Only a trip to the doctors will be able to give you a proper diagnosis for your symptoms. There are however many over the counter treatments which will help provide some relief for your condition.
One of the underlying reasons for you cough could be linked to dehydration, this can easily be cure by taking in more water and see if your symptoms subside. Another reason could be due to your daily environment. Are you working in hot dusty dry conditions? , this can make the passage in your throat dry up and hence bring on a persistent dry cough. Obviously purchasing a humidifier can help here although this may not always be possible, if not take a bottle of fresh water with you to work and take regular sips throughout the course of the day.
There are many over the counter remedies which will give you instant relief for you dry cough. Usually cough syrups come in two forms either for dry coughs or chesty coughs, they look the same but make sure you buy the one for a persistent cough. This type of remedy is referred to as a symptomatic treatment, it provides relief to the patient before a proper diagnosis of the cough is given.
Other treatments can involve steam therapy which involves taking in steam 2 or 3 times a day. Honey is always a good idea as it will keep the throat moisturized, that is why you will find many of the over the counter based treatments are honey based. The use of suppressants and iodides can help too with a persistent dry cough in relaxing the airways.
As you can see there are a number of reasons why you may have this condition. This cough is very common in smokers and the best way to get rid of your dry cough is to cut down on your intake of cigarettes. If it does not ease up then apart from a trip to the chemists for a syrup you should consult your doctor and seek out a proper diagnosis for your symptoms.