10 Dry Cough Causes

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A dry cough is a common ailment that can happen for several reasons. Dry air, cold weather, and irritants are just a few of the causes. While it may not indicate anything serious, it's important to monitor a dry cough.

A persistent dry cough could show something more serious, such as respiratory problems. It's worth a visit to a medical professional when the cough is accompanied by wheezing, blood in the phlegm, chest pains, and discomfort. It's also worth checking into persistent dry coughing that doesn't go away after a few weeks.

Irritants

Pollen and other airborne irritants, such as chemical fumes, smoke particles, and dust, can cause the airways to react. A cough allows the body to get rid of these particles and protect the lungs. If the cough is not accompanied by phlegm, it results in a dry cough. An air purifier can provide some relief from irritants.

Dry air or air that's too hot or cold can also cause a dry cough.1‘How Dry Winter Air Can Cause Respiratory Problems— From Bronchitis to Nosebleeds.’ Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, 2 Sept. 2020, health.clevelandclinic.org/can-best-combat-effects-dry-winter-air/ A humidifier can bring relief as it adds moisture to the air. Throat lozenges, honey, or warm liquids may also provide relief.

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