Generally, coughing is perfectly normal. A cough helps keep the throat clear from phlegm and other irritants. However, prolong coughing can also be symptoms of a number of conditions, such as an allergy, viral or bacterial infection.
The good thing is that most coughs are transient, they resolve naturally without the use of any medications. Although, most people manage coughs at home by taking over-the-counter medications such as lozenges, removing potential allergens or even just standing in a steamy shower.
Try these tips to manage cough at home naturally
Honey is an effective way to suppress a cough and soothe a sore throat. You can add ginger powder for quick relief. Honey helps coat and soothe mucous membranes. It can be very helpful right before going to bed if the cough is making it hard to sleep. Take 1 tablespoon every few hours while your cough persists. Also, you can add 1 tablespoon or more to a glass of warm tea with lemon.
Stay hydrated by drinking enough fluids
In addition to honey, drink enough water and fluids. Fluids help to thin out mucus, making it easier to expel. This is particularly useful when you feel there is mucus stuck up in your throat that seems so hard to cough up. Drinking enough fluids will ‘dilute’ the mucus and you can then clear it off.
Turmeric is a traditional cough remedy that many people have found effective for coughs. Try mixing half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. You can also try turmeric powder and a teaspoon of honey for dry cough. To make turmeric tea, add a tablespoon of turmeric powder into 4 cups of boiling water. Let it steep, then strain. Mix with some lemon and honey for additional cough-relieving properties.
Steam inhalation makes the respiratory system humid and loosens out the mucus. Put some hot water in a bowl and place your head over the water. Inhale the steam at a distance of about 1 feet so you don’t get hurt. A warm shower can also help to loosen out mucus as well.
Gargle salt and warm water
Salt water is used to help relieve sore throats, but can also help with coughs by helping the swelling go down and dislodge phlegm. Mix about half teaspoon of salt and warm water, then allow to dissolve completely. Gargle for 15 seconds and spit out. Repeat several times.
Avoid irritants and clean your room
For most people, perfumes and strong-scented cleaning detergents irritate their airways. Sometimes, this leads to excess mucus production and then cough. Also, a dirty harbours air irritants and allergens that can cause a cough. Always clean your room and keep it well ventilated.
You should go see a doctor if you have any of these accompanying your cough:
- Difficult breathing
- Night Sweats
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Coughing up green phlegm
- Coughing up blood
In addition, if you have any chronic condition like asthma or allergies, you should see your doctor to treat these underlying conditions.