Coughing is the body’s way of protecting the lungs and getting rid of things that irritate them. This is a normal and important function.
Types of cough
Some infections can leave you with a dry cough because your lungs have been irritated. This should slowly disappear during the course of your recovery. It's not clear how long after coronavirus (COVID-19) you may have a cough and it can be frustrating at times.
A dry cough is one of the most common coronavirus symptoms, but some people may have a cough with phlegm (thick mucus).
It can be difficult to control your cough but there are a few ways to help.
Ways to help a dry cough
keep yourself well hydrated by drinking small amounts often throughout the day
soothe your throat by drinking a warm drink, such as honey and lemon
take small sips of liquid if you feel yourself starting to cough
suck a sugary sweet if you feel yourself starting to cough
try swallowing repeatedly if you have a cough and don't have a drink near you
blow your nose if you have a runny nose – try not to sniff