How To Get Rid of a Cough

By Subodh / December 6, 2011

Having a cough is one of the most irritating problems you can have. As well as being annoying an painful to the patient, it can annoy people around you can be a very insistent noise. Coughing is the body’s way of cleaning out any irritants or toxins that may be in the throat or respiratory system. Although coughing is not a serious problem and is generally no need for worry, it is still an annoying condition and there are some helpful ways in which you can ease symptoms and soothe your throat. If a cough continues for over 3 weeks then it is advised to go and see a doctor in order to rule out any underlying causes that may need treatment.

Dry Cough

This type of cough does not produce any nasty substances such as phlegm or mucus. This is generally a more painful cough as it irritates the lining of the throat and results in further discomfort. Dry coughs are often caused by pollutants entering the system and upsetting the respiratory membrane. There are a few things you can do to ease the symptoms of a dry cough.

  • Drink Plenty of Fluids – Drinking can help to ease your throat and also to dislodge any irritants along the way.
  • Suppressants – This type of medicine can help to prevent the cough reflex and ease the pain you have from chronic coughing.
  • Ginger Tea – Drink hot ginger tea, it may help alleviate tickling and throat irritation that causes a dry cough.
  • Lozenges – Lozenges often are able to soothe and coat the lining of the oesophagus so that you are less inclined to cough and so the pain is eased.
  • Steam – By taking a warm bath or a shower, or even holding your head over a bowl of hot water, you can work on hydrating your throat and easing the dryness of your respiratory system.
  • Honey – Swallow a spoonful of raw honey, which has more medicinal benefits than processed honey.

Productive Cough

This type of cough is pretty much the opposite of a dry cough. If you are spitting out any mucus or phlegm then a cough is referred to as productive or wet. This type of cough is good in the way that it helps to clear out the irritants and infection from your body and you should never suppress any cough that will bring up some substance and discharge. These coughs can be treated using a variety of methods.

  • Drink Plenty of Liquids – As with dry coughs, this will help to loosen the mucus or phlegm and help you to get rid of it easier.
  • Expectorants – These medicines work in such a way that they will loosen the substances in your respiratory system and hep you to bring them up and cough them out. This will help you to recover more quickly. You should consult your doctor before taking these and be advised by them as to which one will work best for you.
  • Avoid Smoking – If you are a smoker yourself then you should seriously try to stop, at least while you are suffering from a cough. If you are not a smoker then you need to simply limit any contact you have with smoke in your surroundings.
  • Remove Allergens – Make sure that your cough is not caused by an allergic reaction to anything in your surroundings. If the cough persists then you can takes tests to see if there are any allergens that can be removed which will ease your symptoms and help you to stop coughing.

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