• Question: how do you cure dry cough

    Asked by saff to Dalya, Derek, Sarah, Tim, Tom on 19 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Tim Millar

      Tim Millar answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      Some coughs are caused by to much of a chemical in the body called bradykinin. This can be removed by drugs, but often, drinking more water to change the thickness of the mucous and saliva can help or using a humidifier to make the air in the room more moist. If its from a viral infection – well you just have to wait and treat the symptom with paracaetamol and other over the counter medicines

    • Photo: Dalya Soond

      Dalya Soond answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      Probably time is your best bet, but if i persists, see a doctor. And get some lozenges in the meantime.

    • Photo: Sarah Thomas

      Sarah Thomas answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      I agree with what the other scis said here but dry coughs can also be caused by allergies to things like smoke, pollen, mould, dust, pets and certain cleaning agents.

      I think the best thing for a dry cough is to take some nice sticky honey based cough syrup cos that can really stick to your throat and soothe it.

      Also ice cream! Mmmm any excuse for ice cream!!!

      Feel better soon 🙂

    • Photo: Derek McKay-Bukowski

      Derek McKay-Bukowski answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      I have no idea. (Just as well the biologists are at hand to help with the answer on this one … and hey, I’ve learned something too now!)

    • Photo: Tom Crick

      Tom Crick answered on 19 Jun 2011:

      Exactly the same as Derek — if it persists, you should see a doctor!