Coughing is the body’s way of clearing irritants from the airway. A dry cough does not produce mucus or phlegm, but it can still be aggravating and interfere with daily activities. There are several things that can cause a dry cough. Some common causes are allergies, acid reflux, asthma, postnasal drip, viral infections and environmental irritants. Luckily, there are some simple home remedies that can relieve the irritation and inconvenience of a dry cough.
Honey. Honey has long been known to help soothe sore throats and calm coughs. It is loaded with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Studies have shown honey to be as effective as over-the-counter cough medicines in controlling coughs. Try sipping tea or hot water with honey or taking ½ teaspoon to two teaspoons of honey at bedtime to soothe a cough. Honey is not recommended for children under one year of age.