A dry, irritating or course wet, cough is common with viral respiratory infections (colds).
Water is the best initial treatment. It breaks up the thick mucous, moistens the mucous membranes and decreases the stimulation to cough.
Cough may be treated with over the counter cough syrups such as Cheracol D.
See your personal physician if:
Over the counter cough syrup does not work to control the cough.
You are coughing up green, brown or pink phlegm.
You have wheezing or shortness of breath.