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Dry Cough – What You Need to Know

Coughing is the spontaneous clearing of the throat to remove mucus or irritants such as dust or smoke. Coughing is of two types:
- Productive cough which throws up phlegm or mucus out from the lungs.
- Non-productive cough which does not produce phlegm.

Persistent dry cough can cause some very serious problems in women such as the urinary incontinence.

- A chest X-ray is needed for confirmation.
Lung function tests and allergy tests may also be advised by doctors.
Can occur at any age irrespective of the gender

Infection is not the only reason for its occurrence. All types of dry cough are not contagious.


Dry cough is triggered by different conditions and its symptoms vary with these conditions. Causes may include asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, post-nasal drip and viral infection. In each of these conditions, dry cough is accompanied by several other symptoms as mentioned below:

- Asthma
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Post-nasal drip
- Viral infection
- Small amount of blood observed while coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing
- Harshness in voice
- Uncertain reason for weight loss


- Sucking on lozenges
- Use of honey in hot drinks
- Use of over the counter cough suppressants like dextromethorphan (Robitussin)

-Glucocorticoids for asthma and allergies
- Bronchodilator/inhaler for asthma
- Antihistamines
- Acid blockers for acid reflux

For further queries on dry cough, our team will be pleased to assist you and help you receive the best treatment.

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