What is a hacking cough and how can you get rid of it?

A hacking cough is a severe type of dry cough. You should always see a GP if you have a hacking cough, according to the NHS.

The cough can irritate your throat and lungs, and cause a tickling sensation in the lower part of your throat.

Other symptoms of a hacking cough include a burning sensation and a restless night’s sleep.

But, you could relieve symptoms of the cough by drinking honey in hot tea.

“Unlike productive coughs - coughs that can be helpful by bringing mucus up and out of the lungs - dry hacking coughs tend to needlessly irritate your throat and lungs,” said medical website Livestrong.com.

“It causes tickling and burning sensations that can make your days difficult and your nights sleepless.

“Fortunately, there exists many practical methods for relief, which can be done both with your physician's help, as well as at home to relieve this difficult type of cough.”

WebMD added: “Dry, hacking coughs respond to honey in hot water, tea, or lemon juice.”

Most coughs go away by themselves within three weeks, the NHS said.

For a normal, everyday cough, there’s usually no need to see a GP.

Getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of fluids and drinking hot lemon with honey could help to relieve symptoms.

But, babies and children younger than one year old shouldn’t be given honey with hot water, the NHS warned.

If you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks, you should see a GP.

If the condition gets worse very quickly, or if you have chest pain, you should also see a medical professional.

See a doctor immediately if you’re coughing up blood.

Most coughs are caused by a cold or flu. You could lower your risk of developing a cough by regularly washing your hands.

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