Got a cough? Trying to work out what type it is? We’re experts, we’ll help you figure it out.
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A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of irritants. A dry cough is caused by inflammation in your throat and upper airways. There’s no mucus being produced, and you can often have a sore throat due to coughing so much, as your body is trying to get rid of mucus that’s not actually there.
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When suffering from a dry cough your airways and lungs aren’t congested or blocked up, yet the body suffers from a persistent ‘dry’ cough due to irritants. This constant coughing can lead to a sore throat.
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Once you understand the cause, you can take the fight to your cough. Dry coughs  are often the result of a recent cold or flu. This is often called a post-viral cough. However, they may also be caused by a dry atmosphere, air pollution or a change in temperature. Care should be taken if your cough persists as asthma, heartburn or heart failure can be indicated by a dry cough. If it persists, contact a GP.
Because of the lack of mucus, your chest won’t feel heavy or sound congested. Your breathing can be normal, and you may feel well, apart from the cough . However, due to the constant coughing you may suffer a sore throat.
A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks . Seems like a long time. But while your body is taking the fight to your cough, you can ease symptoms with a suitable treatment.
Cough medicines (Dry Cough Sugar Free, Night Time Formula, Original Bronchial Balsam Syrup) for dry coughs are specially formulated to help soothe the cough reflex . This in turn aids sore throats. To take the fight to your cough, visit our product page.