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Home Remedies For Dry Cough: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about? Are there any side effects? What are the post-remedy guidelines? How long does it take to recover? Are the results of the remedy permanent? Is there any training or experts required?

What is the remedy about?

A dry wracking cough could be the result of dust in the environment, influenza, dry air, inflammation of the throat and the aftereffects of a cold. While a mild cough can be resolved in a matter of days, a chronic dry cough can afflict you throughout life. Asthma, lung diseases, emission of smoke and allergies, are usually the underlying cause of a chronic dry cough.

There are many ways to treat a dry cough. Some home remedies that are effective in treating dry cough are as follows:

  • Ginger and mint syrup: Ginger has anti-bacterial properties, which make it highly effective in treating a dry cough. It eases throat irritation. For this home remedy, finely chop a piece of ginger as well as a few dried peppermint leaves. Add this to four cups of boiling water and cook on low heat, until the liquid has reduced, to half its quantity. Strain the liquid and add a tablespoon of honey to it. Take a tablespoon of this syrup twice or thrice in a day. Refrigerate and you can store it for up to three weeks.
  • Turmeric milk: This is probably one of the most effective home remedies for a dry cough. Boil a cup of milk and add a teaspoon of turmeric to it. You can add honey as well. Drinking this once a day will assuage a dry cough. You can also make a paste, by adding a pinch of turmeric to a tablespoon of honey and have this once or twice in a day.
  • Honey and garlic: Honey and garlic have anti-bacterial as well as anti-microbial properties. Honey is soothing to the throat, which makes it perfect to treat a dry cough. Add 2 cloves of garlic to two cups of water and boil for 5 minutes. You can add honey and drink this once a day until a dry cough subsides.

Are there any side effects?

Usually, there are not many side effects for these home remedies. However, it is advised to avoid consuming honey in excess, especially if you suffer from diabetes. In some cases, women who consume ginger while menstruating, suffer from a heavier flow. Ginger also gives you, bad body odor. If you are allergic to ginger and turmeric, it is possible that you can have an allergic reaction to these home remedies. Consuming ginger in excess can lead to certain health conditions like diarrhea, acid reflux and it can also increase your risk of developing kidney stones.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

The post remedy guidelines for a dry cough include the following:

  • It is important to stay hydrated, keep drinking plenty of water.
  • It is advisable to avoid an excessively polluted or cold environment. If you have allergies, take precautions to stay away from the triggers.
  • You should drink plenty of warm liquids, to soothe the throat. You can also gargle with warm salt water until a dry cough subsides. However, if a cough persists, please seek medical expertise from a professional.

How long does it take to recover?

The time of recovery depends, both on what the underlying cause for dry cough is as well as the effectiveness of the remedy. For these home remedies, the time of recovery can range from two or three days to two weeks.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

These home remedies are effective in treating the symptom of a dry cough. It can soothe the pain as well as alleviate your dry cough. However, since a dry cough can recur, the effect of these remedies is not completely permanent.

Is there any training or experts required?

No special training or expertise is required in order to use these home remedies for a dry cough. All the ingredients are readily available in stores near you and the procedure to make these remedies is relatively simple.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have a persistent dry cough for past 5 days. Itching in throat causes bouts of coughing. I have tried taking vapour as well as hot water gurgling but to no avail. What more home remedies/medicines are there which can relieve situation. Thanks.

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This is not a prescription A share on home remedies of clove .cardamom karaikay, ginger tea or lozenge ,turmericmilk etc. No clear statistically significant info is available to the best of my knowledge. Medically I think aloud that you might be s...
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My baby is 5 days old and he is having cough from day 1. at start it was very low but now it has increased so much that I can hear it. Please suggest some medicine or home remedies Or diet which I have to avoid or prefer.

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What is the best home remedy for dry cough relief instantly? I am 50 years old female. Due to weather changes, I often catch cold followed by continuous coughing.

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I am house wife am suffering from cough n cold 2 weeks, Tulsi syrup only had but still didn't get recovery can you please suggest any home remedies.

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Get plenty of rest, especially while you have a fever. Rest helps your body fight infection. Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, which can make cold symptoms worse Drink lots of fluids such as water and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus. ...

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