How Do I Treat a Dry Cough and Fever?

Article Details
  • Written By: Patti Kate
  • Edited By: Rachel Catherine Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 09 August 2019
  • Copyright Protected:
    Conjecture Corporation
  • Print this Article
Free Widgets for your Site/Blog
Global warming trends could expose a billion more people to mosquito-borne diseases for the first time by 2080.  more...

August 24 ,  1981 :  John Lennon's murderer was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  more...

For a dry cough and fever of over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius), it's usually best to consult a doctor. Your physician may help determine if the fever is due to a bacterial infection which may require prescription medication. If a viral infection is suspected, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be recommended to help lower your temperature. A dry cough that prevents you from sleeping may be relieved by over-the-counter cough medications, and by drinking warm liquids such as tea with honey and lemon. Using a humidifier or inhaling steam may help relieve cough symptoms, as well as symptoms of croup in young children.

There are a few methods you may try to relieve dry coughing and mild to moderate fever. Staying hydrated may help, as drinking plenty of liquids may loosen bronchial secretions and help regulate your body temperature. Drink plenty of water, juice, broth and warm tea to soothe your throat and calm your cough. You may also use a cool mist humidifier, especially at nighttime. The moisture and steam may break up chest congestion and relieve coughing. If you don't have a humidifier, run a steamy shower or inhale steam from a pot of boiling water.


Before trying over-the-counter medications for relieving dry cough and fever, you might want to ask a pharmacist about possible interactions with other medications you're taking. While many cold preparations treat multi-symptoms, choose something that treats your symptoms only, so you don't consume drugs you may not need. Consider taking a fever reducer and cough suppressant if dry coughing makes it difficult to sleep, but avoid decongestants which may make you restless.

A dry cough and fever that is accompanied by chest pain or vomiting may be serious. In this case, it may be best to see your physician for a proper diagnosis. High fever, severe throat pain and difficulty swallowing may indicate strep throat, a condition that often requires prescription antibiotics. When left untreated, strep throat may lead to serious complications. A throat culture may be recommended if your physician suspects you have a strep infection, and this simple procedure may be done in his office.

An infant or toddler may experience a dry cough and fever due to a viral infection. Some children develop croup, a condition that often causes a hacking cough and wheezing. Symptoms of croup may be relieved by the use of a humidifier or vaporizer, or by having the child sit in a steam-filled bathroom for several minutes. At the pediatrician's suggestion, a children's fever reducer may also be used.


You might also Like


Discuss this Article

Post 4

@cloudel – Drinking ice water may help. It lowers your internal body temperature.

When I had a dry cough with fever, I drank iced lemon echinacea tea sweetened with honey. People usually drink this warm, but I didn't want to put anything in my body that might raise my temperature.

I also took lukewarm baths. Cold water would have been too intense, but lukewarm water felt good on my hot skin.

Post 3

Fever is a symptom of the flu that everyone gets, but I usually get a fever of about 99 degrees when I have a cold. Most people have told me this isn't normal, though.

I can't take ibuprofen or aspirin because of my kidney condition, and acetaminophen makes my throat really dry and scratchy. Are there any natural ways to lower my fever? It isn't dangerously high, so I'm willing to experiment.

Post 2

I remember having a dry cough with fatigue during the week I had the flu. I felt absolutely awful, and I think that I got a bit delirious from the fever, because I can't really recall much of what happened that week.

I remember coughing a lot, and my mother took a photo of me in bed with a bright red face. The look in my eyes said that I was out of it!

I could barely even get up to go to the bathroom. Since the flu is viral, all I could do was take acetaminophen to try to lower the fever and control the aches. It took a week for me to get over it.

Post 1

If I get a sore throat with a dry cough and no fever, then this usually means I have a cold. However, if I get a sore throat with a fever and no dry cough, I tend to suspect strep throat.

I've had it a few times, and each time, I had to get medical help quickly. The sore throat starts early in the day, but by the evening, it has become so severe that I can barely swallow. I get a fever of around 100 degrees.

I once did develop a dry cough after getting treated for strep throat. I don't know if the antibiotic didn't work fully or what, but though my sore throat got better, I developed a terrible cough and had to have a different type of antibiotic.

Post your comments

Post Anonymously


forgot password?