Tickly Cough Treatment: What Causes A Tickly Cough?

Tickly Cough Treatment: What Causes A Tickly Cough?

A tickly cough is always inconvenient, but a tickly cough can make life miserable. A constant, nagging tickle in your throat can ruin your day and stop you sleeping at night. And what’s the result of all this coughing? A sore throat that may cause pain and discomfort when swallowing, eating and even talking.

If an irritating tickly cough is giving you a sore throat, soothe the pain with Ultra Chloraseptic throat sprays. Available in a range of flavours, our anaesthetic sprays are fast-acting and get straight to the source of pain.

While our throat sprays are not a tickly cough treatment, they can help to ease your sore throat.

What causes a tickly cough?

A cough is usually a natural reaction to an irritation or foreign substance in the throat. Tickly coughs can have a range of possible causes. Here are some of the most common:

A sore throat caused by an infection 

In some cases, a tickly cough can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. For example, this could include a cold or the flu. The recommended treatment for an infection will depend on its cause. In the case of bacterial infections, a doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics, while for viruses such as colds and the flu, the condition should get better on its own. If you have a viral infection like this, getting plenty of rest will help to speed up your recovery. If tickly cough symptoms persist, speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.



Allergies can trigger a tickly cough. The best way to tackle this problem is to identify what is causing the allergy (for example, pollen or dust mites) and then avoid it. However, it’s not always possible to completely avoid allergens in the environment. In these cases, medications that include antihistamines may help to reduce the irritation. If your allergy is severe or you’re not sure what you’re allergic to, speak to your doctor. They may refer you to a specialist for testing and advice.

Environmental irritants 

Even if you’re not allergic to them, irritants in the environment can cause a tickly cough. For example, air pollution, dust and cigarette smoke can have this effect. If you think an irritant like this is giving you a tickly throat, do your best to avoid it.


Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition that causes stomach acid to leak up the oesophagus. It’s usually a result of a weakening of the muscle at the bottom of the oesophagus. The primary symptoms of GORD include heartburn, acid reflux and an inflamed oesophagus. It can also cause bloating and belching, nausea and vomiting and pain or difficulty swallowing. In some cases, it can trigger a nagging cough. The symptoms of this condition can often be controlled by making lifestyle changes and taking over-the-counter medication. However, it’s important to see your doctor if your symptoms are severe or you notice them several times a week, over-the-counter medications aren’t working or you have problems swallowing. You should also seek medical advice if you have persistent vomiting, you are vomiting blood or you have unexplained weight loss.

How Our Anaesthetic Sprays Can Help 

As outlined above, tickly coughs can have many causes. The good news is, you don’t have to put up with the pain and discomfort of a sore throat resulting from a tickly cough. Ultra Chloraseptic throat sprays can provide targeted relief. They contain benzocaine, a local anaesthetic with the ability to numb specific areas. By spraying onto the site of pain, you can soothe your throat without numbing your whole mouth.

For adults and teenagers, it takes just three quick sprays to relieve a painful sore throat. For children aged between six and 12, use a single spray – and always administer under adult supervision. Our throat sprays can be used for up to three days.