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I have this irritating thing in my throat that turns into a cough sometimes.

It gets worse when I start to sing especially if I want to sing loud.

I love singing, please help.

Nomvuzo

Answer:

Dear Nomvuzo,

A non productive (dry) cough produces no phlegm, and is often caused by irritation

Adding a capful of hydrogen peroxide to the salt water gargle may be effective.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

Gargle with warm salty water.

Adults may try gargling with soluble aspirin before swallowing it.

Suck throat lozenges (available from chemists and some supermarkets).

Use throat sprays (available from chemists and some supermarkets).

Do not smoke.

Avoid alcohol.

Gargling with warm double strength tea or warm salt water made by adding one teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of water.

Drinking plenty of fluids, but avoiding acid juices like orange juice, that can irritate the throat.

Try a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey (local honey is best), and just a tad of water. Mix well and drink immediately 3 to 4 times a day.

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