How should I treat a dry cough?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A dry cough occurs when your vocal cords slam together explosively, causing irritation and more coughing. This reflex can actually damage the throat, so you want to use a cough suppressant to stop the symptom entirely. Look for a bottle that says “DM,” which stands for dextromethorphan and lasts for 12 hours.
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