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What does dry cough feel like? Here’s what doctors say amid covid-19

Coughing is just a mere reflex to clear an irritation in the throat or airway. It’s a sudden, forceful hacking sound to release air. Cough can be productive or non-productive. A productive cough produces phlegm or mucus, clearing it from the lungs. A nonproductive cough, doesn’t produce phlegm or mucus, in other words this is also known as dry cough. While productive cough generally has an underlying pathology, dry cough might or might not be associated with a disease.

Causes of dry cough – exposure to irritants like gas / smoke / pollen / pollutants, improper swallowing food and liquids, Asthma, GERD, URTI, Covid-19.

Dry coughs can be troublesome when it goes on for a while or when it starts disturbing your sleep schedule. Even if with no associated disease, dry cough makes airway overly sensitive due to coughing which causes cough to the slightest of irritation, thus creating a vicious cycle.

A dry cough besides being non-productive, can give you feeling of dryness or constant feeling of thirst, a tickle in throat or tightness in your chest. Though it’s quite uncomfortable, generally home remedies are preferred to treat dry cough. However, hacking cough has gained a lot of attention since it has been one of the symptoms of Covid-19.

Don’t get overwhelmed by dry cough as always a sign of Covid-19. Generally, it will be accompanied by other symptoms that can include but are not limited to – high grade fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, headache, loss of taste, loss of smell, sore throat, nose congestion, nausea, muscle or body ache, diarrhea.

When to seek doctor’s advice:-

  • Immediately visit the doctor incase hawk cough is accompanied by any of the above mentioned symptoms of Covid – 19
  • The cough isn’t improving with / without home remedies for 5-6 days
  • Don’t delay going to the doctor in case you are coughing blood tinted phlegm or blood
  • There is associated chest pain along with dry cough

Remedies for Dry Cough:-

Avoid having foodstuffs which are very hot or cold. While it’s a normal practice to consume hot liquids like soup or dal when irritation in throat, it is not advised when the throat is inflamed. So have food and liquids at normal temperature unless suggested otherwise by the doctor.

Drink honey mixed water at normal temperature instead of just water, this will soothe the throat and reduce feeling of thirst.

Sucking on lozenges helps soothe irritated throat tissue to reduce dryness. Kofol chewable tablets relieve inflammation caused by intense coughing breaking the viscous cycle. It also gives instant relief from sore throat and pain.

Kofol syrup and Kofol SF Ayurvedic cough syrup gives relief from dry as well as wet cough. It is enriched with Ayurvedic herbs like shunthi, tulsi, yashtimadhu, vasa and bibhitaki which have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. This combination of effective Ayurvedic herbs makes Kofol cough syrup not only a good Ayurvedic cough syrup but also has immuno-modulator properties which restores respiratory health even after the symptoms of cough subside. The specialty of this syrup is that it’s an effective cough suppressant with non-drowsy formula and can be taken as a supplementary medicine along with other medications prescribed by doctor.

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