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GET RID OF A STUBBORN COUGH 🤒

Get well soon @natanya! ❤️ A cough is a common, irritating symptom that can be either short-term or chronic. For the original article: www.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Cough
  1. Recognize that coughing is usually important.
    If you're still in the middle of the illness that's causing your cough, most doctors will be reluctant to "treat" it because it's serving an important purpose, which is clearing out your airway. If the cough feels like it's deep in your chest, or if you're consistently coughing up phlegm or mucus, accept that what's happening is a good thing. If you’ve had a cough for more than 8 weeks, this is considered a “chronic cough.” You should see your physician to see what might be causing this cough.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids.
    Having a cough makes you lose fluids from increased breathing rate and coughing, and if your cough is accompanied by a fever, you lose even more fluids. Drink water, eat broth-like soup, or sip on non-citrus fruit juice. Staying hydrated will keep your throat from feeling irritated, thins your mucus secretions, and helps you feel better in general.
  3. Eat more fruit.
    Studies have shown that eating a diet high in fiber, especially fiber from fruit, can help reduce chronic cough and other respiratory symptoms.
  4. Take a hot shower or bath.
    Inhaling the steam from a hot shower or bath can help moisturize your airways and clear feelings of congestion. This can help soothe the urge to cough.
  5. Loosen the congestion with percussive techniques.
    If you're at home and you have a partner who can help, use a chest percussion technique to help clear the chest congestion. This works particularly well in the morning and just before bed.
  6. Learn a new coughing technique.
    If your throat is strained and irritated from nonstop coughing, try the “Huff Cough” technique to head off a coughing fit. (Full instructions on this technique in the article under Method 1, Step 6.)
  7. Stop smoking.
    Smoking is a culprit behind many coughs. In fact, it’s the most common cause of chronic cough.
  8. Wait it out.
    Most minor coughs should subside in 2-3 weeks. If it persists or is frequent or severe, visit your doctor. Long-term coughing could be the sign of another illness. You should see a doctor immediately if you have underlying medical conditions that could complicate a cough (such as asthma, lung disease, or immune deficiencies) or if you experience symptoms listed in the article (under Method 1, step 8).
  9. [NATURAL METHODS]
  10. Use honey.
    oney is a natural cough suppressant and soothes irritated throats and is also known to reduce many of the allergy-related causes for chronic cough. Stir some into some hot tea for comforting cough relief. You can also eat a spoonful of honey before bed to help calm coughs.
  11. Use a saline-based nasal spray to relieve congestion.
    A saline spray can help loosen the mucus in your nose or throat, which may decrease your cough. You can purchase commercial saline sprays or make your own. You can make your own saline solution (directions in Method 2, Step 2).
  12. Gargle salt water.
    Warm saltwater gargles help moisturize your throat, which can quiet coughs. You can make a quick saltwater gargle at home (directions in Method 2, Step 3).
  13. Use some peppermint.
    Peppermint’s active ingredient is menthol, which is a good expectorant. It can help loosen phlegm and relieve coughing, including dry coughs. Peppermint is widely available in commercial preparations, essential oils, and herbal teas. You can also grow your own peppermint easily. Drink peppermint tea to help relieve coughs. Don’t ingest peppermint oil. Rubbing a little on your chest can help you breathe more easily.
  14. Try eucalyptus.
    Eucalyptus has an active ingredient called cineole, which acts as an expectorant to help relieve coughs. You can often find eucalyptus in commercial preparations, cough syrup, lozenges, and ointments. Don’t consume eucalyptus oil by mouth; it can be toxic when ingested. Rubbing a little under your nose or on your chest can help you feel less congested, which can help fight the urge to cough. Do not use eucalyptus if you have asthma, seizures, kidney or liver disease, or low blood pressure.
  15. Use chamomile.
    Chamomile tea is a very popular for people who don’t feel well. It can help treat chest colds and help you sleep. Add chamomile oil to a steam inhalation bath to help you relieve a cough. You can also add chamomile oil to a “shower bomb” to help clear your congestion and soothe coughs.
  16. Use ginger.
    Ginger can help calm coughs. Make a hot ginger tea to help soothe a chronic cough. Make a hot ginger cinnamon tea by simmering ½ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger, 6 cups water, and 2 cinnamon sticks for 20 minutes. Strain and serve with honey and lemon.
  17. Try thyme.
    Thyme is a natural expectorant and can help clear mucus. Some studies suggest that thyme can help treat bronchitis and chronic cough. Do not ingest thyme oil, as it is toxic. You should consult with your doctor before using thyme if you also take blood-thinners. Learn how to brew a thyme tea in the article (Method 2, Step 8).
  18. Try marshmallow.
    This is Althea officinalis, not the puffy white marshmallows that you put into hot cocoa. Marshmallow leaf and root are available at many health food stores. Taking marshmallow supplements can help reduce a cough caused by ACE inhibitors. Learn how to brew a marshmallow tea in the article (Method 2, Step 9).
  19. Try white horehound.
    Horehound is a natural expectorant and has been used to treat coughs since ancient times. You can take horehound in a powdered or juice supplement, or brew a tea from horehound root. Horehound is also sometimes found in hard candies or lozenges. Learn how to brew a horehound tea in the article (Method 2, Step 10).
  20. [USING MEDICATIONS]
    *For some of the commercial products with ingredients below, please refer to the full article.
  21. Visit the doctor.
    Your doctor may want to see you if you have a persistent or serious cough. If you go to the doctor, they will likely ask you about the duration and characteristics of your cough. They will examine your head, neck, and chest, and they may take a nasal or throat swab. Be sure to take any medications as prescribed by your doctor. In the case of antibiotics for a bacterial infection, be sure to take the entire course of antibiotics until they are gone, even after you begin to feel better.
  22. Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications.
    You should speak with your doctor before taking any medications, particularly if you have chronic medical problems, have medication allergies, take other medications, or you are administering medication to a child under the age of 12. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also consult care providers before taking any medications. Be aware that studies don’t consistently show benefit for many OTC cough and cold medications.
  23. Take a commercial expectorant.
    Expectorants can help clear secretions from your upper and lower airways. The best ingredient to find in an expectorant is Guaifenesin. After you take it, try to make your coughs as productive as possible, and spit out anything that comes up.
  24. Take an antihistamine for an allergy-related cough.
    Antihistamines may be helpful with allergy-related symptoms such as coughs, sneezing and runny nose. Be aware that antihistamines make most people sleepy. Try taking any new antihistamine before you go to bed and do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how you will react to it.
  25. Try a decongestant.
    There are many decongestants available, but the two most common are pseudoephedrine (likely from a pharmacist) and phenylpropanolamine. Be aware that if you have thick secretions and just take a decongestant, your secretions may become very thick. Be sure to ask your doctor whether these medications are safe for you to use. If you are trying to clear thick secretions and are having a great deal of congestion, your best bet is to combine an expectorant (Guaifenesin) with a decongestant.
  26. Use cough suppressants when appropriate.
    If your cough is productive, don’t use a cough suppressant. However, if you have a persistent dry cough, a cough suppressant may be helpful. Over-the-counter cough suppressants commonly have the ingredient Dextromethorphan, but they aren’t always effective. For a severe persistent cough see your doctor.
  27. Coat your throat.
    Making your throat feel as if it's "coated" in a substance can reduce your urge to cough non-productively (that is, you're no longer coughing up mucus or phlegm). Take an over-the-counter cough syrup. Suck on a lozenge or cough drop. Even hard candies can help. Do not give lozenges, hard cough drops, or candy to children under the age of 4. Young children may choke on them. Choking is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in children under age 5.
  28. [CHANGING YOUR ENVIRONMENT]
  29. Use a humidifier.
    Adding moisture to the air can help calm a cough. Clean your humidifier regularly with a bleach solution. Because of the moisture, humidifiers can rapidly promote mold or mildew growth if they’re not kept clean. Warm or cool humidifiers are equally effective, but cool mist humidifiers are safer for use around young children.
  30. Remove irritants in the environment.
    Dust, airborne particles (including pet fur and dander), and smoke all irritate your throat and can cause coughing. Make sure you keep your environment free of dust and debris. If you work in an industry where there’s a lot of dust or airborne particulate, such as construction, wear a face mask to avoid inhaling these irritants.
  31. Sleep with your head elevated.
    To help you avoid feeling as though you’re choking on phlegm, elevate your head with a few extra pillows when you lie down or sleep propped up. This can help reduce coughing at night.