A dry, sore throat and a persistent cough can be a real mood dampener. Besides seeing the doctor, what can you do to make it better so you can still go about your work or enjoy your social activities normally? Here are the top eight natural ways to nix that scratchy, itchy urge to cough:

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Consult your GP if your cough continues to persist, as it could be signs of a viral infection or disease. For more on preventing the spread of infectious diseases, click here