Take control of your cough

Ice lollies

Once other causes are excluded:

  • Decide if cough is “wet or dry”.
  • If wet use usual chest clearance techniques with cough when sputum is in main airways.

If dry, learn to take control:

  • Close mouth.
  • Swallow.
  • Sip water.
  • Breathe gently in and out through nose, letting shoulders drop as you breathe out.

Other Tricks to Ease an Irritable Cough

  • Always breathe through the nose, (see section on breathing techniques).
  • Suck ice lollies, cough lozenges, frozen green grapes, or dark chocolate containing a high percentage of cocoa solids.
  • Try steam inhalation – hot water poured over root ginger.