For very early stages of any inflammatory process, either colds or flus, Ferrum phos may be useful, when the symptoms are vague, there’s a feeling of not being 100% or ther may be a short, dry cough, with no expectoration. When the cough is dry, barking, comes on, or is worse, in the evening, especially after being out in the cold winds that day, Aconite.
When the dry, barking, repetitive, cough is accompanied by a fever and a flushed face, Belladonna.
A painful, dry cough, where any movement makes it worse, or it’s so sore to cough the chest or sternum has to be held, Bryonia.
A dry, tiring cough, usually accompanied by blocked nose overnight and runny nose during the day, Nux vomica.
When the dry cough is raspy and barking, like a seal, especially when it develops into this around midnight, consider Spongia.
A dry, yet barking cough, again holding the chest with their hands, coughing to retching or vomiting, often worse at night, Drosera.
The dry, teasing, continuous cough, from a tickle in the throat, especially worse for breathing in cool, or cold, air, or going from a warm to cold room, preventing sleep, Rumex.
Often the initial dry cough is considered to be the first stage of a cold.
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