For an adult who has a dry and itchy cough, taking over-the-counter expectorants or suppressants, staying hydrated, consuming cough drops and using a humidifier can help relieve symptoms, according to WebMD. Avoiding exposure to irritants in the air and refraining from smoking also help to relieve coughs.Continue Reading
Hydration is important for adults with a cough and can help to soothe the throat, claims WebMD. Drinking water or tea with honey and lemon may also help to ease a dry, itchy cough. The throat can benefit from cough drops, and most of them have a cough suppressant in them to help ease the severity of the cough, although sucking on candy may be just as effective.
Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air is another way to ease symptoms, explains WebMD It is also important for adults who have a dry, itchy cough to stop smoking. Smoke irritates the throat and lungs and makes the symptoms worse. Adults with a dry, itchy cough must also stay away from other irritants such as dust. If it is necessary to be near these irritants, a face mask should be worn until the cough has subsided. Heartburn can also cause a dry cough, so if this is expected, it is best to treat the heartburn.Learn more about Cold & Flu