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Suggest treatment for dry cough during pregnancy

Hi I have a dry cough for about 1 week now and it seems to be getting worse. I am 7 months pregnant so I am afraid to take anything thats not natural but its not getting better. I cant sleep the cough gets worse at night. I often cough till I though up because of the force of the cough is so strong, this makes my chest burn. what should I do?
Fri, 6 Nov 2015
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HI,
I understand your concern.
A bout of dry cough is definitely very troublesome.
Dry cough can be allergic or infective( bacterial or viral ) in origin
exposure to allergen ( dust, pollen, fumes).. irritate throat & cause dry cough. This can be controlled by anti allergic cough syrup like Benadril syrup.
Viral cold followed by cough is common. Starts with common cold, fever & fever. Other symptoms go in 5 days but cough takes long .. it needs cough supressant syrup .
Infective ( bacterial)cough is dry to start with.. & starts producing sputum later. Here antibiotics are needed along with cough expectorant.
* In pregnancy you should consult a physician before taking medicines. After physical examinations & advise for investigations, you will bw prescribed medicines with other medicines ( antibiotic, anti allergic, bronchodialators .. as per need) along with cough syrup of specific type.
* along with the medicines you have to-
- avoid allergens,/ cold drinks, sour food
-hot saline gargles,
- drink plenty of warm water
Thanks.
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