Cough occurs as a reflex action which clear your airways from mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. There are two types of cough – productive and nonproductive. The former produces phlegm or mucus and clears it from the lungs. The latter also known as a dry cough doesn’t produce phlegm or mucus and occurs due to allergies or acid reflux.
Usually, coughs clear up in few weeks and don’t require any cough treatment. But for persistent cough, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor to know the underlying cause.
What can cause a cough?
Dry cough causes include:
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When to see your GP
For mild cough that lasts for sometime there is no need to see your GP. However, you should seek medical advice if:
Cough medicines and remedies
Usually medicines to suppress cough are not recommended as they are not much effective and suitable for everyone.
Homemade remedies are much helpful and safe to use when it comes to cough and cold treatment.
Treating the underlying cause
If the cough occurs due to some medical condition, then the treatment becomes important. For example:
How can I get rid of it?
Dry cough treatment is bit difficult. As the airways become much sensitive, they can easily get irritated by coughing. You can follow certain measures that can help you to get relief, no matter what’s the cause of cough: