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Constant Dry Cough

Updated on June 7, 2010

Constant Dry Cough

 

Do you have what the doctor calls a “non-productive” cough? In layman’s terms, it is called a dry cough or in this case in particular, a constant dry cough? Is it irritatingly persistent? As you know there is no real cure for the common cold and unfortunately in my experience there hasn’t been one for the constant dry cough. You generally keep coughing until it goes away. This past winter in my part of the world, things got really, really cold. We had records lows for nearly a month straight. We had more snow days than I’d ever experienced in all my life growing up here. What happened to everyone in my house as a result of this extreme weather? A constant dry cough was the result. We all had it, all of the kids and the adults. So what did we do about it. We simply waited it out. It stayed longest in the youngest child and was very irritating. It was also annoying to hear over and over again. There was no phlegm, no mucus or runny noses, just an aggravating, persistent dry cough. Another factoid of note is on airplanes during that season…everyone on the plane seemed to have the exact same cough. So to the point of what do you do about it. As the old saying goes…”the best medicine is prevention.” As you begin to see the season for cold and such settling in, start to build your immune systems with things like Airbourne, Echinacea, extra vitamin c and so forth. Say you missed your window of opportunity for prevention, now what? Well, try a humidifier for your room and/or home. A lot of times that type of cough comes from the air around you. Most times cold air is dry air, dry air is drying to your mucus membranes and throat and other areas of your body inside and out like your skin as well as your lungs. That is where the dry air that you’re breathing is going so quite naturally they are being affected. So invest in a humidifier. Place it in the room or rooms in your house where you spend the most time or where there may be poor insulation from the outside. The humidifier will combat the dryness of the air by adding moisture to the air that you’re breathing. You should really see some relief if you do that.

Constant Dry Cough

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Constant Dry Cough

 

As with every alarming medical condition, you should see your doctor. If bronchitis has set in, you will definitely need a diagnosis from your doctor as well as a prescription to help your body fight back. As you may know, especially if you have or have had bronchitis, coughing is simply a reflex action that the body used in order to keep the breathing passages open. Some other causes or checkpoints for your constant dry cough may be your environment. Are you around smokers or are you a smoker yourself. Tobacco smoke is definitely an irritant to the respiratory system-more in some than in others. So if this is the case with you, let your doctor know so that he or she can prescribe the right solution for you. If wheezing is present with your cough but the cough is still dry, then it could be asthma. You doctor will want to listen to your lungs first before determining if this is the diagnosis for your condition.

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