What’s Causing Your Dry Cough?
The world is currently on high alert. People are scared to go outside for fear of contracting the virus and bringing it home to their families. Unfortunately, springtime is allergy season, and as more and more people began to show symptoms, they are scared to be in public for fear of inducing panic.
Coughing in public is incredibly taboo right now, and people with seasonal allergies, who are taking every precaution to protect themselves, fear public stares from community members if they choose to go out and happen to cough while grocery shopping.
While most homeowners may not be able to combat the opinions of others, you can do something to improve the air quality in your home. This article will cover the cause behind your dry cough and what you can do to stop it.
What Causes a Dry Cough?
Dry cough, either brought on by seasonal allergies or asthma, is caused by swelling or irritation of the airways. Allergens that can trigger a dry cough include:
- Pet Dandruff
- Vermin Droppings
These allergens become more abundant during the spring and can trigger seasonal allergies, which often cause coughing.
Cold air can also trigger a dry cough by causing the airway to contract and tighten. Because cold air contains less moisture than warm air, prolonged exposure works to dry out the airways.
Best Temperature to Help Seasonal Allergies
As summer approaches and more people turn on their air conditioners, it’s important to be mindful of the optimal temperature to keep your home at to limit the onset of a dry cough.
Hot, humid homes can breed dust mites and mold, but cold air can also tighten the airways and trigger a cough. It’s a balancing game.
Make sure you keep your thermostat between 70 and 72 degrees to ensure your home does not get too hot but also that gusts from your air conditioning system don’t dry out your throat and trigger a dry cough. Best of all, by adjusting your indoor temperature, you can also reduce your energy costs – a win-win for all homeowners.
A Humidifier May Help
If you still find yourself suffering from a dry cough even after lowering your AC, consider investing in a humidifier for your home or for the rooms in which you spend the most time.
Humidifiers work by releasing water vapor into the air to increase overall moisture levels within a home. Humidity in your house should be between 30%-50%, and investing in a humidifier can help relieve symptoms of a dry cough and increase your level of comfort during allergy season.
There are different types of humidifiers available, depending on your needs and your budget, these are:
- Central Humidifiers-Built Into the Home’s Heating and Cooling System
- Evaporator-Fan Blows Air Through a Wet Wick
- Steam Vaporizer
Dry air makes mucus buildup in the lungs worse, which can be extremely dangerous as many viruses trigger respiratory failure. Now, more than ever, it is essential to keep the lungs healthy to protect everyone against this disease. Humidifiers will not cure a cold but can be a solution for a non-viral cough.
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