The Best Home Remedies For Productive And Dry Coughs
Cough is described as a noisy and rapid expulsion of air from the lungs in order to clear the airways of lungs of fluid, mucus and other irritants. Coughing is perfectly fine and not generally alarming. It is just a natural response of the body to stimuli that causes it just like sneezing. However, a cough that last for three weeks or more might signify a more underlying disorder and/or symptomatic number of conditions that may need serious medical attention.
There are two types of cough. One is the productive cough in which you are coughing out phlegm or mucous out of the lungs. The other is the dry, hacking cough which is associated with a persistent itchiness in the throat in which unlike in the productive cough, there is no phlegm or mucous that is being ejected, which makes it more irritating. These two coughs are often associated with chest pain, difficulty in breathing, abnormal breathing pattern, headache and more often than not, fever.
Coughs are often caused by allergens, viral infection, common colds and flu. However, this phenomenon can be caused by a more serious health condition like asthma, tuberculosis and lung cancer. When someone within our family is heaving out with cough, we normally run to the nearest drugstore to get a quick fix, over the counter cough syrups. Before we do that, look around the house first because the best home remedies for coughs can be found in your kitchen.
1. Stay hydrated. Water helps in loosening up the mucus and in soothing an irritated throat. During winter, staying hydrated helps keep the mucous membranes moist to prevent dry cough. Being properly hydrated boosts our immune system, which can prevent viruses and bacteria infections.
2. Honey. Honey is downright the best home remedy to relieve cough. It is already time honoured and tested in over 200 countries in the world. It works more effectively than over the counter cough-suppressants and has minimal to no impact in our liver. Take one tablespoon of honey 1 to 3 times a day or mix in warm water with lemon for the best soothing effect. Lemon helps reduce the inflammation and also a good source of vitamin C.
3. Gargle salt water. This is the cheapest runner up next to water as the best home remedy for cough. You just have to mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle for 15 seconds, spit and repeat for the remaining water. Afterwards, rinse with plain water. Salt water relieves the discomfort caused by cough the same way it does for sore throat. It also helps in dislodging phlegm allowing you to expel it easily.
4. Steams. Steam may take in a form of shower or from humidifier. But for the best steam source, put 3 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water. Lean over the bowl and use towel to cover your head like a tent. You can do this for 5 to 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day until the cough subsides. Be careful with the steam though as it can seriously burn. Maintain a good distance from the bowl just in case it burns bad.
5. Sleep. It is hard to get a good sleep when you have a cough. But sleep does wonder in relieving cough. Not only it puts the body in a relax mode, it also strengthen the upper respiratory core which is normally what is affected when we have cough. You can try drinking warm milk and apply eucalyptus oil on your chest to help you ease up to get that necessary sleep.
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