What Are the Treatments for Dry Cough?

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A dry cough--one that does not have any mucus--can occur because of excess dust in the air, allergies, pollen or smoking. Because there is no mucus, a dry cough requires different treatment from a regular cough. Once you know how to treat it, you can begin to get rid of it; in the case of smoking, the best way to eliminate the cough is to quit.

Suppressants

Dry coughs can be treated with a cough suppressant. A suppressant stops your body from telling itself that it needs to cough. Suppressants are sold over the counter at your local grocery store or pharmacy. It is very important that you read all of the directions on the packaging so that you take the right dose. You should also make sure that you do not take exceed the recommended doses in a 24-hour period.

Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice is not only good for healing your body, it also can coat your throat so that it does not feel dry and itchy. This helps your body to not get the urge to cough. You can purchase the aloe vera juice ready to go. Measure out 2 ounces of the aloe vera juice and drink it three times each day when you feel a cough coming on. The juice will cost you between $5 and $10 per bottle, depending on where you purchase it.

Honey

Honey is an excellent product for coughs because it has the ability to soothe your throat. The best way to use honey to get rid of your dry cough is to add 1 tablespoon of honey to 4 ounces of boiling water and drink the mixture. If you do not like it in plain water, you can add honey to some hot tea. The key is to use a warm beverage because cold beverages can make your cough worse.

Tip: Purchase some honey cough drops. These work to soothe your throat and stop the cough at the same time.

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