WHAT IS A DRY COUGH
A dry cough produces little or no mucus or phlegm and is usually tickling or irritating 2,4. It is typically caused by viral infections, a smoky or dry environment, air pollution, allergies, asthma, acid reflux, acute bronchitis, croup and certain medications 1,2,3.
DRY COUGH MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
Since a dry cough does not present with phlegm or mucus and the lungs do not have to cough it up, it serves no physiological useful purpose, and can therefore be suppressed, if there is no identifiable cause and if it is disruptive, e.g. disturbing your sleep.3 Effective suppression of a dry cough will provide daytime and nighttime relief and help to prevent complications such as fatigue and sleep deprivation .4 Treatment improves quality of life and prevents persistent coughing.4
Below are management options to help relieve a dry cough.
Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to assist you in choosing the appropriate cough mixture for your condition.