What will relieve a dry tickly cough?

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a dry, tickly cough that won't go away, there are a few medications and home remedies that could help provide a little bit of relief.

Cough Suppressant

Over-the-counter cough suppressants that contain dextromethorphan can relieve a dry, tickly cough.


Cough lozenges, with or without menthol, can be used for relief.

Hard Candy

Hard candy, such as lemon drops or lollipops, can temporarily coat the throat.


Drinking water or juice can clear dust or pollen from your throat and relieve your cough.


Use caution when giving over-the-counter medications or hard candy to children. Some medications are too strong for children and hard candy or lozenges can pose a choking hazard.

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Sophie Stillwell has been writing professionally since 1992. She is published in "The Gorham Times" newspaper, "Private Colleges & Universities" magazine, on eHow and in several other publications. She has experience working as a paralegal, antiques dealer and neurobehavioral coach. Her writing topics frequently include frugal living, pets and health. Stillwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Maine.