How to relieve dry cough and sore throat

Updated March 23, 2017

A dry cough is very common during cold and flu season. If you smoke or suffer from asthma, you may experience dry cough more often. A sore throat is usually associated with this type of cough. There are many home remedies that help treat dry cough and sore throat. You can also use medications, such as cough syrup and throat lozenges, to help reduce the cough and heal your throat. Most bouts of dry cough last between one and three days.

Boil water and pour into a large mixing bowl. Place your face above the steam and cover your head with a towel. Take several deep breathes. Remove the towel after 10 seconds. Repeat for one minute to help clear the nasal and throat passages.

Finely chop an onion. Add 1 tsp of onion to 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey. Allow the mixture to sit for five hours. Boil 1 cup of water and add this mixture to it. Drink slowly. This will help relieve your dry cough and soothe your throat.

Mix 1 tbsp of honey in warm water. Drink slowly to help soothe a sore throat.

Cut up one ginger root and add it to boiling water. Add one or two garlic cloves, and 2 tsp of lemon juice. Allow tea to boil for at least 10 minutes. Remove the ginger and garlic. Pour into a cup and drink slowly. This tea will help loosen mucus and other particles causing your dry cough.

Use throat lozenges when away from home to soothe your sore throat and to prevent your cough from becoming worse.


Avoid drinking cold liquids. Hot and room temperature liquids help loosen mucus and soothe the throat.


If your dry cough lasts more than three days, seek medical attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Towel
  • Onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Ginger root
  • Garlic cloves
  • Throat lozenges
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