What are the most common causes of a dry cough

What are the most common causes of a dry cough

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 A persistent, suffocating, dry cough lowers the mood during the day, does not let you fall asleep, and wakes you up at night. Without doubt, it can be a source of anxiety. You can use syrup or lozenges for a dry cough in order to temporarily alleviate this tiring problem.

A dry, persistent cough is usually one of the symptoms of the common cold and medications used in treating the infection can fight it quite rapidly. However, if the trouble intensifies or lasts significantly longer, find out what the most common causes of a dry cough are before using another cough medication.

The most common causes of a dry, persistent cough include:
viral infections – a cough is usually one of the first symptoms of the common cold. It often appears at the end of the infection,
allergens - a cough may be triggered by an allergy (aero and food allergy),
irritation of the upper respiratory tract by cigarette smoke or cold air,
foreign bodies in the respiratory tract, namely choking, which can be a danger to health and life,
chronic diseases of the respiratory tract, including bronchial asthma,
certain medications (the so-called bradykinin cough when using medications for hypertension from the angiotensin II inhibitor group (sartan drugs - for example valsartan, losartan),
air pollution,
low air humidity.

This information is provided for your reference only and it is not to be relied upon on its own as instructions for use of this medication. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Other than liability for death or personal injury arising out of our negligence, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise.


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