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How to Stop a Tickley Cough

Updated April 17, 2017

A cough that tickles your throat can be the result of dryness, allergies, colds, smoking or asthma. The tickle is especially irritating since it may persist without breaking for several days and for several minutes at a time. You may suffer from uncontrollable fits of hacking or nighttime coughing that disrupts others and leaves you frustrated. There are several ways to soothe and stop this type of cough.

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  1. Pour the milk into the saucepan and heat until warm. Stir the honey into the milk with a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into a cup and drink. You can drink this in the morning and at night. Both the milk and honey will coat the throat, lubricating the tissue to ward off tickles.

  2. Mix the apple cider vinegar into the cup of water with a spoon. Pour into a cup and then sip slowly once you feel the urge to cough. The vinegar reduces inflammation in your throat and helps kill any bacteria that may be causing the cough.

  3. Fill a humidifier with water according to the manufacturer's directions. Run the humidifier for as long as possible each day in your bedroom and workspace. This will add moisture to the air and keep your throat hydrated.

  4. Slowly dissolve a natural peppermint on your tongue at the first sign of a tickle. Natural peppermints are stronger and contain less sugar and potentially irritating additives than artificial peppermints.

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Things You'll Need

  • Small saucepan
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Spoon
  • Humidifier
  • Natural peppermints

About the Author

Ava Perez

Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.

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