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What's the deal with coughs?

Coughing is a common occurrence. A cough can help keep phlegm and other irritants out of your throat. Sustained coughing, on the other hand, can be a sign of a variety of conditions, including allergies, viral infections, and bacterial infections.

Coughing isn't always caused by a problem with your lungs. Coughing can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Coughs caused by colds, allergies, or sinus infections can be treated with a

variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Antibiotics will be required for bacterial infections.

You can also ask your doctor about other options for treating your cough besides medication. Here are a few home remedies to think about.

1. Honey is number one.

Honey has long been used to treat sore throats. According to one study, it can also relieve coughs more effectively than OTC cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan (DM).

2. The use of probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that have a variety of health benefits. While they don't directly relieve a cough, they do help to keep your gastrointestinal flora in check. The bacteria that live in your intestines are known as gastrointestinal flora.

This equilibrium can help the immune system function properly throughout the body. Although the evidence is still inconclusive, 2015 found a reduction in the number of people contracting upper respiratory infections after being given various strains of probiotics.

Mix up to 2 teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon to make your own remedy at home.

While the honey soothes, lemon juice can help with congestion. You can also eat the honey straight from the jar or spread it on bread for a snack.

The daily recommended intakes for each supplement manufacturer may differ. Some yogurts contain probiotics, and miso soup and sourdough pieces of bread contain them as well.

Because there are so many different types of probiotics, you should consult your doctor to determine which one is best for you and your condition. Probiotics can be obtained in the most natural way by eating fermented foods, such as:

  1. Miso
  2. sauerkraut
  3. yogurt
  4. kefir
  5. kombucha
  6. tempeh
  7. kimchi
  8. sourdough

3. Bromelain

You probably don't think of pineapple as a cough remedy because you've never heard of bromelain.

Bromelain, an enzyme found only in the stem and fruit of pineapples, may help to suppress coughs and loosen mucus in the throat.

Eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day to get the most benefits from pineapple and bromelain.

It's also claimed to help with sinusitis and allergy-related sinus issues, which can lead to coughing and mucus. However, there isn't enough evidence to back this up.

It's also sometimes used to treat swelling and inflammation.

Supplements containing bromelain should not be taken by children or adults who are taking blood thinners. Bromelain should also be avoided if you're taking antibiotics like amoxicillin, as it can increase the antibiotic's absorption.

Before taking any new or unfamiliar supplements, always consult your doctor.

4. Peppermint leaves

The healing properties of peppermint leaves are well known. Peppermint contains menthol, which soothes the throat and acts as a decongestant, assisting in the breakdown of mucus.

Drinking peppermint tea or inhaling peppermint vapors from a steam bath can help. For every 5 ounces of hot water, add 3 or 4 drops of peppermint oil to create a steam bath. Take deep breaths directly above the water while wearing a towel over your head.

5. Marshmallows

Althaea Officinalis, a perennial that blooms in the summer, is used to make marshmallows. The herb's leaves and roots have been used to treat sore throats and suppress coughs since ancient times.

Although there are no well-controlled studies to back up these claims, the herb is generally thought to be safe.

Mucilage, found in marshmallows, coats the throat and soothes irritation.

Marshmallow root is now available as a tea or a capsule. A cough that is accompanied by a sore throat may find relief in the warm tea.

Marshmallow root should not be given to children.

6. Thyme.

Some people use thyme to treat respiratory issues. According to one study, the essence extracted from thyme leaves mixed with ivy can help with coughing and short-term bronchitis.

The leaves contain flavonoids, which relax the throat muscles that cause coughing and reduce inflammation.

2 teaspoons of crushed thyme leaves and 1 cup of boiling water makes thyme tea at home. Cover the cup and let it steep for 10 minutes before straining.

7. Gargle with salt and water

While it may appear simple, gargling with salt and water can help soothe a scratchy throat that causes coughing. Irritation can be relieved by mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water.

It's worth noting that children under the age of six aren't particularly adept at gargling. For this age group, it's best to try other remedies.

How can I avoid coughing?

You should learn how to treat cough as well as how to avoid getting one in the first place.

Make sure you get your annual flu shot, which usually begins in October, to protect yourself from the flu. You can also take the following actions:

  1. Avoid coming into contact with sick people.
  2. If you're sick, don't go to work or school so that you don't infect others.
  3. When you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  5. Clean the common areas of your house, office, or school on a regular basis.
  6. This is particularly important when it comes to countertops, toys, or cell phones.
  7. After coughing, eating, going to the bathroom, or caring for someone who is sick, wash your hands frequently.
  8. When it comes to allergies, identifying the allergens that affect you and avoiding exposure to them can help you avoid flare-ups. Trees, pollen, dust mites, animal fur, mold, and insects are all common allergens.

Allergy shots can also be beneficial in reducing your sensitivity to allergens. Consult your doctor to determine which plan is best for you.

When should you contact your doctor?

If your cough is making it difficult to breathe or if you're coughing up blood, see a doctor right away.

Allergies do not cause body aches or fever, whereas respiratory tract infections do.

If you have any of the following symptoms in addition to your cough, see your primary care physician:

  1. chills
  2. dehydration
  3. a fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  4. malaise, or a general sense of ill health
  5. coughing up a foul-smelling, thick, green, or yellow-tinted mucus
  6. phlegm weakness


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