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Cough

Coughing is a common problem for lots of people. You can have a cough from as mild as cold to more severe conditions like asthma or allergies. An unpleasant cough is usually not indicative of a serious disease. This reaction helps to protect the airways in the neck and chest and is therefore beneficial. However, preventing and treating cough with home remedies, essential oils, and the best foods are necessary.

Why Do You Have A Cough?

Asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinus difficulties (such as sinus infection), esophageal reflux of stomach contents, drugs such as ACE inhibitors, and whooping cough are some of the common causes and risk factors of a persistent cough. Occasionally, chronic cough can get into the lungs (usually in children).

  • Viruses and bacteria: Acute or chronic cough can be caused by infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause these infections.
Smoking Woman
  • Smoking: The most prevalent cause of a persistent, chronic cough is cigarette smoking.

  • Asthma: Asthma is an airway illness that causes difficulty in breathing or wheezing and is commonly accompanied by abnormal breathing tests. The only sign of asthma in some people is a chronic cough.

Asthma woman
  • Sinus: Chronic cough with mucus can also be caused by sinus issues and postnasal drip. It can be difficult to detect this condition. A CT scan of the sinuses is sometimes required for diagnosis.

  • Medications: Certain blood pressure drugs, such as ACE inhibitors (enalapril [Vasotec], captopril [Capoten], and others) can produce chronic cough.

How Can You Help Your Body Feel Better?

Here are a few cough remedies that can help you in emergencies especially at night to prevent dry coughs:

  • Honey and lemon: Put a few drops of fresh lemon juice in a teaspoon of honey and make sure you drink it in the morning and at night.
  • Honey and peppermint tea: Mix one tablespoon of honey with a quarter of a cup of boiling water and add two teaspoons of ground peppermint leaves. Drink it in the morning and at night for 30 days. 

  • Coconut oil with lemon and honey: Mix one tablespoon of honey with a quarter cup of boiling water. Then, add two teaspoons of ground peppermint leaves, two teaspoons of coconut oil, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Consume the mixture every day.

  • Suck on lemon: Suck on a lemon drop since it is easier to swallow. It’s a way of sucking the goodness from the lemons while also giving your throat a boost of vitamins B and C. 

  • Gargle with salt water: It’s the best home remedy for dry cough at night. Before drinking anything, gargle with warm saltwater. It will clear your throat, and you will be free of any congestion. You can do it every night before you sleep.

Air purifier
  • Use an air purifier: An air purifier is among the best cough remedies. These cleaners help to lower the level of bacteria in the room and reduce the chance of contracting a cold or flu. You can place it in your bedroom.

  •  Peppermint tea: You can drink peppermint tea as it is one of the best home remedies for a cough.

  • Drink hot water: Fever and cough are more prevalent in this season. Hot water will cool down the fever and warm the body. This remedy will give relief from the inflammation of the throat and chest. 

  • Ginger tea: Ginger has been a valuable domestic item in treating cough for several hundred years, especially to those suffering from pneumonia or tuberculosis. Ginger has strong antiviral and antifungal properties and therefore can be used to alleviate a cough. Ginger, a helpful herb to people suffering from lung diseases, has also been linked to pain relief.

    There is a strong link between the use of ginger and the reduction of cough. Ginger tea can also be helpful to those who experience chronic cough and chest congestion. Add ginger leaves to boiling water, and as soon as it starts to simmer, strain the leaves. After the water is cooled, add ginger leaves to the pot again and boil for a minute. You can drink it after that.

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  • Quit smoking: Tobacco is another trigger for coughing. Smoking has been shown to correlate with an increased chance of getting an acute cough.

  • Dietary changes: Consuming more fiber and drinking plenty of fluids (water especially) can help prevent cough attacks.

  • Essential oil for coughs – such as rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, and oregano can be diffused in your room to reduce your symptoms. 

Medications

Cough medicines sold over-the-counter can aid in a variety of ways. Cough suppressants reduce the urge to cough while expectorants thin the mucus.