If you’re suffering from a cough but don’t know what type, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get down to business.
Dr Sarah Jarvis does not endorse any medical brands or products.
A cough is a reflex action used by the body to clear your airways of irritants.
A tickly cough differs from chesty as there’s no congestion in your lungs. The cough itself is caused by inflammation in your upper airways. This feels like a ‘tickle’ at the back of your throat.
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The main symptom may be your throat experiencing an itch  which triggers a cough reflex or sneezing. This in turn can lead to a sore throat, muscular pain in the chest and a runny nose.
Tickly coughs are often the result of a recent cold or flu . This is often called a post-viral cough. 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 tickly cough.
A cough will usually clear up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks . Seems like a long time. But using a suitable treatment can ease your symptoms during this period.
Want to take the fight to your tickly cough? Here’s some pointers. Ultimately, time will be the biggest factor in relieving you of your cough . In the meantime, avoid dry environments, gargle with lukewarm saltwater four times a day and try a suitable treatment to ease symptoms.
Cough medicines containing glycerol (Dry and Tickly Cough, Linctus, Dry and Tickly Cough Sugar Free Oral Solution) for tickly coughs are specially formulated to help soothe the throat . This in turn aids sore throats. To take the fight to your cough, visit our product page.