Cough

What Is Cough?

Cough, a symptom for several medical conditions, is how the body responds to an irritant in the throat or the airway. An occasional cough may not be severe, however, in case it persists for several weeks or is accompanied by mucus or blood, it may become a matter of concern.

What Triggers Cough?

  • Seasonal change
  • Allergic response to a substance
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inhalation of an irritant
  • Medical conditions such as heart failure, lung cancer, laryngitis, emphysema and chronic sinusitis.

How Would You Know If You Have Cough?

  • Coughing, itself a symptom, maybe accompanied with fever and body ache
  • Other symptoms include shortness of breath, choking and difficulty in breathing
  • In severe cases, it may also be accompanied with thick greenish yellow phlegm or blood

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • You can try some natural remedies to seek relief instantly. However, in case the symptoms do not get any better, and persist for longer than 3-4 days make sure you see a doctor
  • You can also try some over the counter cough drops to ease dry cough instantly
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water as it shall help to thin the mucus in the throat.
  • Also, in case the cough is accompanied with other severe symptoms, it could be more than just an infection (viral).

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Infections such as cold and cough, take their own time to go away. Meanwhile make sure you drink warm water and gargle frequently.
  • You can have over-the-counter medicines such as decongestants and anti-pyretic medicines (in case of fever) to relieve symptoms
  • Natural remedies such as steam inhalation also does wonders in cough.
  • Your doctor may suggest a few tests to diagnose the causative agent for the infection.
  • Incase of seasonal infections (viral or bacterial infection), you may be recommended to take the prescribed medicines.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Cough?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Honey

Ingredients: Honey

Ways to Use:

Take a tablespoon of organic honey 1-3 times a day. Try to take it before going to bed.

2. Licorice Root

Ingredients: Dried licorice root Water

Ways to Use:

To a glass of boiling water, add two teaspoons of dried licorice root. Cover it and steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink this mixture 2-3 times a day

3. Gargle With Salt Water

Ingredients: Water Salt

Ways to Use:

To a glass of lukewarm water, add a teaspoon of salt. Stir the mixture. Gargle atleast 2-3 times a day using this water.

4. Black Pepper

Ingredients: Black Pepper Honey Water

Ways to Use:

To a glass of warm water, add a pinch of black pepper and a teaspoon of honey. Stir well and have this mixture 2-3 times a day.

 

So, next time you catch an infection, before your throat goes for a toss try these effective natural remedies to treat the cough instantly.

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