How to Get Rid of a Tickling Cough

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Things You'll Need

  • Nicotine patches or gum
  • Hard candy or cough drops
  • Hot tea
  • Honey
Woman coughing into tissue
Woman coughing into tissue (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

A tickle in your throat can cause a constant cough that keeps you up at night and makes it hard to concentrate during the day. A few home remedies help soothe your throat and your cough. The goal is to thin and break up the mucus tickling your throat and make the cough more productive.

Step 1

Drink plenty of fluids because coughs are often caused by thick mucus. Drinking plenty of water thins and loosens this mucus, making your coughing more productive.

Man drinking from mug
Man drinking from mug (Image: Tay Jnr/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 2

Stop smoking. Smoking aggravates irritated tissue in your throat and lungs, making coughing worse. If you can't quit altogether, at least quit until your cough is gone. Over-the-counter patches and gums are designed to help with nicotine cravings and make quitting, even for a short time, easier.

Cigarett on ashtray
Cigarett on ashtray (Image: Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Step 3

Suck on a cough drop or hard candy to help soothe a tickling cough. Sucking stimulates saliva production, easing a dry throat that might be leading to your cough. The sugary drop or candy coats your throat as well, keeping it from drying out too quickly again.

Throat lozenges
Throat lozenges (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Drink hot tea with honey. The hot tea soothes your throat, decreasing the tickle that leads to coughing. Honey coats your throat, making the effect longer lasting. For best results, breathe in the steam while your water is boiling. This will help loosen mucus in your sinuses and throat and make your coughs more productive.

Woman drinking tea
Woman drinking tea (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 5

Avoid cough suppressants. Coughs have a purpose — usually to help break up and get rid of mucus. Only use a cough suppressant if you need one to sleep. Otherwise, let the coughs happen and do what you can to make them more productive.

Cough syrup
Cough syrup (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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