Do you also have diabetes, heart disease
or high blood pressure? Medicines for these conditions can cause dry cough. You may take a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan
or codiene. Do not have Expectorant cough mixtures which may worsen dry cough. You may also have a blood test to rule out eosinophilia (AEC- Absolute Eosinophil Count
) in addition to a Hemogram. You may also have a Chest X-ray and PFTs (Pulmonary Function Tests) to rule out airway diseases or a foreign body. Smoking worsens cough, hence avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. Allergy, Post-Infection Hyper-reactive Airway and GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease
) also cause dry cough. If these causes are ruled out, try home remedies
such as soothing warm gargles, fresh cream +honey + ginger and turmeric in hot milk.