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The “100 Day Cough” is medically known as pertussis or the whooping cough. For the first 1-2 weeks after you’re infected, your symptoms will seem a lot like the cold or flu – runny nose, fever, and a cough. After 2 weeks the cough gets much worse and usually turns into coughing fits that sometimes result in vomiting. Coughing fits can last more than 10 weeks in some cases. [1] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source Pertussis is highly contagious and is easily spread from person to person. [2] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source Because pertussis is a bacterial infection, the best method of treatment is an antibiotic, but this must be done within the first 3 weeks of infection, after which the infection is usually gone and you’re just left with the nasty cough. [3] X Trustworthy Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Main public health institute for the US, run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services Go to source There is no cure for pertussis. Your only choice is to let it run its course, but you can try one of several options to help relieve the cough.

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A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks.

How you can treat a cough yourself

There’s usually no need to see a GP if you have a cough.

  • rest
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to do your normal activities

You could also try:

  • paracetamol or ibuprofen to treat any pain
  • hot lemon and honey (not suitable for babies under 1 year old)
  • a herbal medicine called pelargonium (suitable for people aged 12 or over)

But there’s limited evidence to show these work. Hot lemon with honey has a similar effect to cough medicines.

How to make a hot lemon and honey drink

  1. Squeeze half a lemon into a mug of boiled water.
  2. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey.
  3. Drink while still warm (do not give hot drinks to small children).

A pharmacist can help if you have a cough

If you have a cough, you can ask a pharmacist about:

  • cough syrup
  • cough medicine (some cough medicines should not be given to children under 12)
  • cough sweets

These will not stop your cough, but may help you cough less.

Decongestants and cough medicines containing codeine will not stop your cough.

Call a pharmacy or contact them online before going in person. You can get medicines delivered or ask someone to collect them.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

  • you’ve had a cough for more than 3 weeks (persistent cough)
  • your cough is very bad or quickly gets worse – for example, you have a hacking cough or cannot stop coughing
  • you feel very unwell
  • you have chest pain
  • you’re losing weight for no reason
  • the side of your neck feels swollen and painful (swollen glands)
  • you find it hard to breathe
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or diabetes

See a GP urgently if you’re coughing up blood.

To find out what’s causing your cough, the GP might:

  • take a sample of any mucus you might be coughing up
  • order an X-ray, allergy test, or a test to see how well your lungs work
  • refer you to hospital to see a specialist, but this is rare

What happens at your appointment


Antibiotics are not normally prescribed for coughs. A GP will only prescribe them if you need them – for example, if you have a bacterial infection or you’re at risk of complications.

Most coughs are caused by a cold or flu.

Other causes include:

  • smoking
  • heartburn (acid reflux)
  • allergies – for example, hay fever
  • infections like bronchitis
  • mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose

A cough is rarely a sign of something serious like lung cancer.

What causes coughs

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In this video, a GP describes the most common causes of coughs and how they can be treated.

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General information about pertussis, including symptoms, complications, tests, and treatment.

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What is pertussis?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a disease that affects the lungs. Pertussis bacteria are spread from person to person through droplets produced during coughing or sneezing. A person with pertussis develops a severe cough that usually lasts four to six weeks or longer. Pertussis can be very serious, especially in infants.

What are the symptoms of pertussis?

The first symptoms of pertussis are similar to a cold: sneezing, a runny nose, possibly a low-grade fever, and a cough. After one or two weeks, the cough becomes severe, such as:

  • The cough occurs in sudden, uncontrollable bursts where one cough follows the next without a break for breath.
  • A high-pitched whooping sound occurs when breathing in after a coughing episode. Whooping is less common in infants, adults, and people who have received pertussis vaccine.В
  • Vomiting during or after a coughing spell.В
  • The person’s face or lips may look blue from lack of oxygen.
  • The cough is often worse at night.
  • Between coughing spells, the person seems well, but the illness is exhausting over time.В В
  • Coughing episodes gradually become less frequent, but may continue for several weeks or months until the lungs heal.

What are the complications of pertussis?

  • Pertussis in infants is often severe, and infants are more likely than older children or adults to develop complications.
  • The most common complication of pertussis is bacterial pneumonia.
  • Rare complications include seizures, inflammation of the brain, and death.

Who gets pertussis?

  • Anyone of any age can get pertussis.
  • Teenagers and adults account for more than half of reported cases.
  • Cases in school-age children are increasing.
  • Older children and adults usually have less severe illness, but they can still spread the disease to infants and young children.

Is there a vaccine for pertussis?

There are two pertussis vaccines: DTaP and Tdap. Both vaccines are given in combination with tetanus and diphtheria. Your age determines which vaccine you should receive and how many doses you need. Talk to your health care provider to find out more.

Pregnant women should get Tdap during the third trimester of each pregnancy. If Tdap wasn’t given during pregnancy, the new mother should get Tdap right after delivery.

People who have completed some or all of the recommended vaccinations for pertussis may still get pertussis disease but will generally have a milder illness.

Is there a lab test for pertussis?

Yes. To test for pertussis, the nasal passages are swabbed. Material on the swab is then examined in the lab for the presence of pertussis bacteria.

How is pertussis spread?

The bacteria are found in fluids from the mouth and nose of someone with pertussis. The bacteria are spread when fluid containing the bacteria gets in your nose or mouth. This can happen when a person with pertussis coughs or sneezes on you, or by touching the fluid and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. In general, a person is at greater risk of getting pertussis if they are within three feet of someone with pertussis for at least 10 hours a week. This is considered close contact.В

The period between exposure to the bacteria and onset of illness is usually 7 to 10 days but may be as long as 21 days.

When and for how long can a person spread pertussis?

Pertussis is most infectious (most likely to spread to others) early in the illness.В

People who have pertussis but have completed five days of antibiotics can no longer spread the disease.

People who have the disease but do not take antibiotics can spread the disease during the first three weeks they are coughing. Note: The cough will generally last longer than three weeks until the lungs are healed.

Can pertussis be treated?

Pertussis can be treated with antibiotics, but treatment may not cure the symptoms. However, antibiotics will reduce the spread of disease to others.

Antibiotics lessen the symptoms if given during the early stages of illness. When antibiotics are started later in the illness, the damage from pertussis is already done and the cough will last until the lungs heal. Pertussis bacteria die off naturally after three weeks of coughing. If antibiotics are not started within that time, they are no longer recommended.

Antibiotics can also be given to close contacts of persons with pertussis to prevent or lessen the symptoms.

How can pertussis be prevented?

Vaccinate all children on time and make sure adolescents and adults receive Tdap. This is the best way to prevent pertussis. You can also:

  • Avoid close contact with others who are coughing or otherwise ill.
  • Wash their hands often.
  • Stay at home if ill.
  • Cover their cough with a tissue or cough into their sleeve.
  • Seek medical attention if they develop pertussis-like symptoms or have been exposed to someone with pertussis.

If you have pertussis, stay at home and avoid close contact with others until you have taken antibiotics for at least five full days and are no longer infectious to others. If you are not taking antibiotics, stay at home for at least three weeks after your cough began.В

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Although pertussis, or whooping cough, is most common in unvaccinated babies and the elderly, a spasmodic cough lingering more than two weeks, especially accompanied by the telltale “whoop,” warrants attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that pertussis, called whooping cough, is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, which is contracted through air-borne particles, commonly from sneezing and coughing but also from surface contact. Pertussis symptoms start out like the common cold, with congestion, runny nose, sneezing, mild fever or light cough, but turn into severe coughing after a week or so and persist with rapid, uncontrolled, spasmodic coughing with “whooping” sounds indicating difficulty breathing. Pertussis can develop into bronchitis or pneumonia, and quickly exhausts and dehydrates the sufferer without proper care and treatment. Preventative measures include vaccination, vitamin D and C supplementation, and hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and not touching your mouth and nose.

Untreated whooping cough can so exhaust sufferers that they are prone to other infections and illnesses. Antibiotics, which kill the bacteria responsible for the infection, are the most common medical treatment for relief of active whooping cough. Effective home treatment for whooping cough includes bed rest (but avoid lying flat, which can aggravate whooping cough spasms), keeping warm and avoiding chills and drafts, drinking plenty of clear, sugar-free fluids including water, avoiding milk and milk-based foods like yogurt, eliminating sugar, and eating small meals every couple of hours to keep up energy and replenish nutrients.

Immune-boosting garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that make it useful for treating coughs. Photo By Galaiko Sergey/Courtesy Fotolia.

In addition to rest, hydration and nutrition, several natural home remedies help alleviate whooping cough symptoms (as well as cold and flu symptoms) and clear the pertussis infection. A teaspoon of fresh garlic juice taken 2 to 3 times a day is a potent, effective treatment. Press fresh garlic cloves with a citrus or garlic press or electric juice machine. Another natural treatment is drinking syrup made from boiling 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger and 1 teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds, sweetened with honey. Or take a preparation of fresh organic ginger root juice, fresh white onion juice plus 1 teaspoon of pure almond oil 3 times a day. A pinch of the Indian curry spice turmeric, taken at least twice a day, relieves whooping cough symptoms and helps clear the bacterial infection. (Odorless garlic and turmeric capsules may not be as effective as fresh ingredients, whose odors can be minimized by chewing fresh mint).

Garlic is a strong antiseptic with antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antispasmodic, antiparasitic and expectorant properties. It’s a good source of vitamins B1 and B6, vitamin C and manganese, and also contains vitamin A and vitamin B2, all strengthening and energy-enhancing nutrients. It has more than 80 different sulfur compounds, which the National Institutes of Health reports are possible cancer-preventative agents. Garlic syrup, created from boiling cloves of garlic for half a day and sweetened with honey and ginger, is an effective natural cough syrup.

Ginger has antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. It boosts the immune system, warms and induces sweating (which helps push fever and toxins out of the body), and calms coughs and sore throats quickly. It also stimulates appetite, which is important to sick individuals weakened by infection.

Turmeric’s health benefits come from its active compound, curcumin, which has been found in a recent Michigan University study to improve cell health by “calming” cell activity so cellular processes such as infection fighting and material exchanges work better. It also contains proteins and minerals and is a good source of vitamin C and potassium. It is an appetite stimulant with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, restoring cellular order and health, making it a strong ally in fighting infections like whooping cough.

It may seem to go on forever, but the hacking will eventually stop.

Dealing with any kind of upper respiratory illness is frustrating, annoying, and uncomfortable, and there’s a definite range in severity depending on what kind of sickness you have. Still, it can be a relief to finally move on after having a cold, the flu, or COVID-19. Unless…you’re stuck with a lingering cough.

After all, it can be tricky to convince people that you’re no longer sick (and infectious) when you’re still coughing a bunch. Unfortunately, lingering coughs can and do happen to people.

Most cold symptoms disappear in seven to 10 days, but research shows that the average cold victim is still coughing on day 18. It’s also not uncommon to have a lingering cough once you’re no longer infectious with COVID-19 or the flu, says Thomas Russo, M.D., professor and chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo in New York.

OK, so what should you do if you find yourself in this situation? And why does a lingering cough happen anyway? Here’s what you need to know.

How to get rid of a lingering cough

✔️ Enjoy some honey.

Warm tea with honey can calm a scratchy throat; the hot liquid breaks up mucus in the chest and sinuses, and honey has natural antibacterial properties that may help fight the infection. A spoonful of honey may ease a cough on its own—one study found that in children 2 and older, it can be as effective as dextromethorphan, one of the main ingredients in OTC cough suppressants.

✔️ Try a steam facial

There’s a reason a piping hot shower feels so nice when you’re sick—hot, humid air helps clear up cough-inducing mucus and moisturizes nasal passages and airways for easier breathing. Eucalyptus has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that can give steam a boost, so add leaves or a few drops of essential oil to boiling water, then inhale deeply.

✔️ Get some meds

When you really can’t stop coughing, try OTC medications with antitussives (cough suppressants) and expectorants (mucus thinners); if they don’t help, your doctor can prescribe something stronger. You should only use over-the-counter cold medicines for one week. After that, these meds become less effective, so it’s better to suck on a lozenge to soothe your itchy throat.

✔️ Stay hydrated

Sure, drinking water isn’t going to magically make your cough go away, but behind dehydrated will work against you. In fact, Omid Mehdizadeh, M.D., an otolaryngologist and laryngologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., says that “proper hydration” and tea is one of the “most effective ways to manage a cough.” Why? If you’re dehydrated, your oral mucosa (the mucous membrane lining inside of your mouth) dries out, and that can make you feel more irritated, Dr. Russo says.

Neti pots and sinus rinses can get rid of excess mucus, but use only once a day so as not to remove too much snot (which has infection-fighting white blood cells) and dry things out.

What causes a lingering cough?

Doctors say are a few things that can be behind your lingering cough. “A cough can linger longer than other symptoms because the immune system is still trying to get the airways back to normal,” says Nicole M. Tyer, M.D., internal medicine specialist at Cedars Sinai Medical Group in Los Angeles.

That can leave some lingering inflammation and even damage, which then makes you feel like you need to cough, Dr. Russo says. “You have a tendency to cough when this happens because those surfaces are very irritable,” he explains.

As your congestion clears up, postnasal drip can also trigger a cough, if you happen to have it, says Kathryn Boling, M.D., a primary care physician at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center.

There’s also this to consider, per Dr. Boling: You could end up developing a cough due to something else. “I see a lot of people who get sick with a viral illness in the spring and then they have allergies afterward,” she says. “That can also cause a cough.” Even gastric reflux can cause a cough that you may assume is linked to your viral illness, she says.

And, of course, it’s possible to develop a secondary bacterial infection like bronchitis or sinusitis after your viral illness is over. “That often involves different symptoms though, like sinus pain and a fever,” Dr. Russo says.

How long will your lingering cough last?

It depends. Dr. Russo says it’s not out of the ordinary for a cough to last for “weeks, even up to a month” after a viral illness while your body heals. “It can be a long, meddlesome process,” he says.

How to prevent a lingering cough

✔️ Protect yourself.

The easiest way to ward off a lingering cough is to avoid getting sick in the first place. Be vigilant about washing your hands after being out in public, touching common surfaces, or being around ill people. It’s also important to be up to date on your COVID-19 and flu vaccines. If you do feel symptoms creeping up, try zinc or elderberry; studies suggest that both may shorten a cold when taken at the first sign of symptoms.

✔️ Rest up

Sleep is when your body naturally repairs itself, and when you’re sick, it gives your immune system time to fight. “Resting can help reduce the overall duration of symptoms,” says Dr. Tyer. If your cough keeps you awake, prop your head up about 15 degrees with extra pillows; this helps open up air passages so you can breathe more easily and may prevent mucus buildup in your throat.

✔️ Be mindful of your air.

When you’re hacking away, avoid irritants that can worsen your cough or make it linger longer. Steer clear of smoke, perfume, and anything you’re allergic to. Air purifiers can remove dust, dander, and other particles that may tickle your throat. Heaters dry air out, which can irritate a cough, so a humidifier can help by adding back moisture.

When to see a doctor for a lingering cough

If you have a cough after you recover from an illness but it seems to be getting better over time, Dr. Boling says it’s pretty safe to assume it’s just “post-inflammatory cough.” But, if your cough continues at the same level and it’s not getting better, she recommends consulting your doctor. You’ll also want to call if you’ve developed a fever, pain, or other new symptoms, Dr. Russo says.

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Prevention.

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When you’re riding the waves of chills, followed immediately by an increase in body temperature, it can be exhausting. For most adults, this is a familiar roller coaster experience where all signs and symptoms point in one direction: the onset of a fever.

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The average normal body temperature for an adult is 98.2°F (37°C) 1 . Most medical professionals consider a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C) as a sign of a fever 2 .

How long will a fever last?
The length of a fever can vary significantly – in some cases it can last a few hours, while in other circumstances it can be drawn out over several days. 3 How long a fever lasts depends on its cause and how you care for yourself while you are sick. Among a long list of possibilities, common triggers include: respiratory infections such as a flu or cold, or an ear or sinus infection. 4

What are the signs and symptoms of a fever?
Common symptoms of a fever include: Mild or moderate headaches, rapid heart rate, skin flushing, excessive sweating, quivering or shivering, loss of appetite and general weakness. 5

On the plus side, if you have a fever, there is some good news: It’s usually a sign that your body is fighting an illness or infection. A fever is simply your body’s natural way of defending itself.

Tips for feeling better:
Stay home and rest. Listen to your body; it’s telling you loud and clear that you need to rest, and if you ignore it, you can cause further stress which will likely postpone your recovery. 6

Drink plenty of fluids. A fever will likely cause excessive perspiration, and if you don’t replenish the fluids you lose, you risk becoming dehydrated. 7 If you’re tired of drinking water, fruit juices, clear soups and herbal teas will help nourish your body and speed up the healing process.

Take medication. Acetaminophen (found in TYLENOL® products) will help lower your body’s temperature 8 , giving you relief.

Relax and stay cool. For relief, dress comfortably in light layers and if necessary, reduce the temperature of your home. Both of these can help you feel more comfortable.

When to seek medical attention:
Call your doctor or seek medical attention if any of the following conditions exist: 9

  • Your temperature climbs to 103°F or higher.
  • The fever has lasted more than three days.
  • You have previously fainted or feel like you are about to faint.
  • You experience confusion or excessive drowsiness.
  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.

Prospan by Helixia Cough Syrup

The clinically proven, naturally-sourced cough syrup for the whole family

Prospan by Helixia is a naturally-sourced, over-the-counter cough syrup that is clinically proven to relieve coughs, loosen mucus & phlegm and alleviate the symptoms of chronic bronchitis. Launched in Canada in 2012, Prospan by Helixia is the #1 Pharmacist recommended cold remedy and one of the top selling cough syrups in Canada.

Original Honey Flavour*

New Menthol Flavour

100 mL and 200 mL bottles

Medicinal Ingredient: 7 mg/mL extract of dried ivy leaves (Hedera helix L.) Extraction ratio of 5-7.5:1 (7 mg is equivalent to 35 – 52.5 mg of dried ivy leaves). Non-medicinal Ingredients – Original Honey Flavour: Citric acid, flavour, potassium sorbate, purified water, sorbitol (each 5 mL dose contains 1.93 g of sorbitol as sugar substitute), xantham gum. Menthol Flavour: Citric acid, flavour, menthol, potassium sorbate, purified water, sorbitol (each 5 mL dose contains 1.93 g of sorbitol as sugar substitute), xantham gum.

Used as an expectorant to help relieve coughs and loosen mucus and phlegm.

Supports and improves respiratory function in those with chronic bronchitis.

Dosage (Adults & Adolescents 12 years+):

Take 5 mL (1 tsp.), 3 times daily for at least 1 week. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.

Directions of Use:

Take Prospan by Helixia for at least 1 week or longer depending on the nature and severity of your condition. It is recommended to keep taking Prospan by Helixia for 2-3 days after your symptoms have disappeared. Consult a healthcare professional for use beyond 4 weeks.

  • Do not use if you are allergic to ivy, sorbitol or to any of the other ingredients in Prospan by Helixia.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, consult a healthcare professional before taking Prospan by Helixia.
  • Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.
  • In the event of persistent symptoms, fever, feeling short of breath, or purulent or bloody expectoration, consult a doctor immediately.
  • Do not use after the expiry date.

May cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and/or abdominal and epigastric (in the upper middle part of the abdomen) pain in some patients. Consult a healthcare professional if you have any side effects or if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Recommended Storage Conditions:

Store at room temperature. Can be used for up to 6 months after first opening the bottle.

* Does not contain honey

Helixia ® is a registered trademark of Pharmascience Inc.
Prospan ® is a registered trademark of and is manufactured by Engelhard Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG., Germany.

These products may not be suitable for everyone. Always read the label and follow the directions of use.
For additional information, contact us at 1-888-550-6060 or by email at [email protected] .

Dry cough can bring your life at halt. Before it happens, try these home remedies to curb the cough and get respite naturally.

The weather isn’t pleasant anymore! The sudden rise in pollution and lingering coronavirus is making the air poisonous and you can see the impact on your health with dry cough. This has become a common problem lately as we are battling winters and pollution altogether. When you cough, people would look at you suspiciously(fearing COVID-19 infection) even if it was momentary. In a nutshell, dry cough is not something to let go of. You need to treat it immediately before it aggravates and causes further trouble.

What is the difference between Dry Cough and Wet Cough?

Many people fail to distinguish between dry cough and wet cough. Dry cough is an unproductive cough that doesn’t allow the clearing of irritants, phlegm and mucus from your respiratory tract. Wet cough is more irritating but it heals faster than dry cough. This is why recovering from dry cough may take weeks to leave. Till then, you cannot stop yourself but cough!

What causes dry cough?

Every health condition has a trigger. In case of dry cough, the triggers or potential causes of dry cough are:

  • Dust allergy
  • Asthma
  • COVID-19
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Postnasal drip
  • Smoking
  • Lung cancer
  • Prolonged exposure to pollution

How to get rid of dry cough at home?

Over the counter solutions like cough tablets and cough syrups may help but most of them make you feel nauseous. A lot of people feel sleepy after consuming a teaspoon of syrup. If you don’t want to feel like sleeping but need an immediate safe solution, try these home remedies. They might act slow but your problem would get extracted from the roots without any side-effect.

Home Remedies for Dry Cough

Before proceeding with the at-home remedies, we would like to inform you that these might not work for all. You may need to try multiple remedies and see what works for you. We are providing you with many options but these are mainly for grownups. If you are thinking to try these options for kids, it is better to see if the child is allergic to any of the ingredients.


The first and most common home remedy for dry cough is honey. It is suitable for both kids and adults. Honey has antibacterial properties to calm the irritated throat and reduce dry cough. It suppresses cough, soothes the throat and prevents bouts of cough especially at night. To consume, just warm two teaspoons of honey and have it. You can also add honey to warm water and drink. Either way, it would ease the dry cough problem.


Turmeric is a magic spice that can treat numerous problems with ease. Dry cough too can be treated with turmeric as it possesses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Turmeric has curcumin which is found to be beneficial in alleviating dry cough.

In a glass of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of turmeric, mix and drink it. For better results, mix a pinch of black pepper powder to it as it helps in proper absorption of curcumin. This remedy can also be exercised to treat respiratory discomfort including asthma and bronchitis.


If you ask your mother about the dry cough remedy, she would ask you to consume a piece of ginger when you feel like coughing. This is a sure-shot remedy for dry cough and other throat-related issues. This is because ginger is antibacterial in nature and it is proven in easing the throat and relieving pain apart from boosting immunity.

You can have a ginger piece to resist cough immediately. Otherwise, have warm ginger tea with honey twice a day until your dry cough issue is resolved. You can also add spices to make it better for the throat.

Masala tea

Talking about teas, let us tell you another tea recipe for dry cough. Indians love tea and there are many variants of tea including milk tea and herbal tea. While ginger tea is counted as herbal tea, masala chai can be called a fusion tea. It is loaded with spices and you can make it either in water or milk. Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, etc. are some of the spices that are added to this special tea which is a boon for cough and cold.


Believe it or not, peppermint is a powerful remedy for cough & cold. It contains menthol that leaves a cooling effect. Peppermint is also a decongestant that numbs the nerves that get irritated due to cough. Thus, it helps in reducing the urge to cough and thereby relieving pain. Its antiviral and antibacterial properties only make it better. You can have peppermint tea or consume peppermint essential oil by diluting it in water. The best time to have peppermint tea is before bed.

Eucalyptus oil

No, you are not supposed to consume eucalyptus oil but use it in aromatherapy. Essential oils are of great help when it comes to healing. Eucalyptus oil is a potent decongestant and it can certainly help in clearing the nasal passage.

To use eucalyptus oil for dry cough, add a few drops of organic oil in a difference or inhaler. If you don’t have any of these, simply add a few drops in boiling water and inhale the steam. The fumes would open the blocked nasal pores and soothe your throat to relieve coughing. To sleep peacefully, turn on the diffuser or use a pillow spray.

Use a humidifier

If you have a dry cough, you need to stay cautious of dry air as it can intensify the problem. Using a humidifier in indoor spaces would make the air moist and breathable. It opens up the sinuses and prevents dry coughing especially while sleeping. This is indeed a powerful and effective remedy for dry cough.

Use an air purifier

Humidifier and air purifier have different functions. While humidifiers add moisture to the air, air purifiers purify the air to discard airborne irritants and allergens that could make the cough situation worse. These can ease coughing and prevent from aggravating. You can also keep air-purifying plants at different corners of your house.

Gargle with salt and water

Another proven remedy to get rid of dry cough is gargling with saltwater. Just mix half a teaspoon of table salt in lukewarm water and gargle. You would need to do this multiple times a day to get relief.


This is not a food item but a compound that is found in most kinds of pepper including cayenne pepper and chilli peppers. This compound is effective in treating chronic coughing. To have capsaicin, get cayenne hot sauce and add a few drops into the water. You can increase or decrease the amount as per your ability to handle the spice and heat generated after consuming it. This is an unbelievable but effective remedy for dry cough. NOTE: Do this only once a day and not more than that. Also, this is not suggested for children.


Along with having cough syrup and tablets, you must also exercise these home remedies as these are proven to ease the condition naturally. The best thing about these solutions is that they are 100% safe and do not cause any ill-effects. Dry cough needs to be treated on time or else it may develop into a serious respiratory condition. Act fast and try these options to get respite from dry cough. It has worked for many and might help you as well.

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