What Should You Take for a Dry Cough?

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Coughing is your body’s way of clearing airways of mucus as well as dust and other irritants. By itself, a cough probably isn’t a sign of a more serious health problem and will likely go away within three weeks. While you may experience a wet or chesty cough — one that brings up phlegm or otherwise feels like it’s clearing your throat — you may also experience a dry cough. These may come with a tickling sensation and don’t come with mucus.

What you should take for a dry cough depends on what’s causing it. In all cases, however, if a cough — wet or dry — lasts for more than three weeks, it may be worth scheduling a visit to the doctor. While most coughs are caused by minor infections of the upper respiratory tract, in rare cases, they can be a sign of more serious problems.