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How to Get Rid of a Dry Cough

No matter the cause of a dry cough — from allergies to a common cold — you know just how painful, uncomfortable, and annoying it can be. For this reason, it’s important to take immediate action in search of relief.


While many people turn their attention to over-the-counter medication, this isn’t generally necessary. There are other ways to get rid of a dry cough. Consider the following home remedies.


  • Drink more water: Staying hydrated can go a long way in relieving your dry cough, while also speeding up the recovery process. You may be surprised at how quickly you can become dehydrated when you’re under the weather.

  • Gargle with salt water: In addition to treating your dry cough, this home remedy can also eliminate an accompanying sore throat. Gargle with warm salt water three times per day, 30 seconds each time.

  • Use a humidifier: Adding moisture to the air in your home can help alleviate your dry cough and other symptoms associated with it.


It’s a good idea to seek medical advice when needed, but in the case of a dry cough, you may be able to treat it on your own.


Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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