It depends on what kind of cough it is...productive vs. nonproductive. My guess is you have a nonproductive cough which is common after a viral illnesses. After a cold, a dry cough may last several weeks longer than other symptoms and often gets worse at night. The best ways to treat a dry cough is to prevent dehydration. Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. Dry, hacking coughs respond to honey in hot water, tea, or lemon juice. Elevate your head with extra pillows at night and use a humidifier. Try a cough drop to soothe an irritated throat. Most cough drops have no effect on the cough-producing mechanism. Look for suppressant medicines containing dextromethorphan, such as Robitussin-DM or Vicks Dry Hacking Cough. However, studies show that over-the-counter cough medicines do not work very well so you may want to ring your doctor and see what he/she suggests. hope you feel better.
at 11:44 PM on Nov. 16, 2008