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Suffering from viral cough. Feeling discomfort. How to get rid of it?

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viral cough for two weeks to get rid of it, or ease the discomfort ?
Posted Tue, 21 Aug 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 3 hours later

Thanks for posting your query.

Viral cough usually gets suppressed on its own once the fever subsides. The cough of viral fever is usually dry. It needs symptomatic treatment in the form of cough syrups.

Dextromethorphan is very effective in relieving the viral cough. It is available in syrup, cough lozenges and in tablet form. It is over the counter drug in US. You may get one from the pharmacy.

Meanwhile, please take steam inhalation thrice daily and do warm salt water gargling twice a day for the next few days. You will get much relief.

Please do write back for follow up queries that you may have.

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