10 No-Fail Ways to Silence Your Dry Winter Cough (PHOTOS)

woman coughing into arm with tissueEverything about this time of year is merry and bright, right? Except that it's almost winter, and with several more months of cold weather on the way, we're almost constantly breathing in bone dry, low humidity air -- of the warm variety indoors and frigid kind outside. Not only is it hard on skin, but it's often the culprit behind a hacking cough or scratchy throat.

 

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"It is important for our airway passages, from the nose and mouth all the way into the lungs, to be moist at all times," explains Aaron Michelfelder, MD, family and integrative medicine physician at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Illinois. "When the air is too dry, it irritates the mucous membranes and can cause cough or sore throat."

The good news is that several simple measures can offer soothing relief.

dry winter coughing 

Check out 10 of the best fixes below, then tell us: Which of these works best for you? Or do you have your own trick?

 

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