How to get rid of dry unproductive cough

Updated April 17, 2017

There are few things in life more annoying than a dry, unproductive cough. It is the kind of cough that keeps you up most of the night and causes everyone to stare with that dreadful glare. The goal is to rid yourself of this annoyance, but how can you do it? You might have a cold, flu, allergies, asthma or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The possible causes extend beyond these examples. With the help of your medical professional, discover the cause of this dry cough and then choose the right treatment.

Add moisture to your sleeping environment. Use a cool mist vaporiser.

Increase your fluid intake. Water is best. Avoid carbonated, caffeinated drinks, because they can cause dehydration.

Take a cough suppressant and expectorant product as recommended by your medical professional.

Follow up with your medical professional within ten days, if your cough does not improve or if additional symptoms arise.


Hot green tea is soothing for a throat irritated from coughing. Green tea contains antioxidants that boost your immune system.


A cough accompanied by high fever and vomiting may be an indication of a serious medical condition. Contact your doctor at once. Do not give children under the age of 4 cough or cold products. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, these products do not help children under the age of 4. Consult your doctor about the best course of action.

Things You'll Need

  • Cool mist vaporiser
  • Sugarless cough drops
  • Cough suppressant
  • Green tea
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Cheryl Waters Likins is an analyst and writer. Likins obtained a master's degree from Seton Hall University and Bachelor of Science from Upsala College. She completed doctoral-level studies in biomedicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has been a freelance writer since 2007. Likins' work appears online at (Italy), GolfLink, Trails, eHow, and other publications.