Coughing is a miserable symptom. From a dry tickle on your throat to a never ending, gut-wrenching, sputum producing heave, a cough can accompany a variety of health problems. Flu, colds, heartburn and drugs like ACE inhibitors can cause coughing.
So, here are six ways to to relieve your discomfort when coughing strikes.
1. Eat a banana
Researchers have found that bananas are the perfect solution for heartburn which is usually the culprit behind one out of ten chronic coughers. Other heartburn solutions include raising the head of your bed, losing weight and eating slowly and avoiding food and drink just before bedtime.
2. Sip some herbal teas
Hyssop and chamomile teas can soothe your throat and relieve a dry cough. Add honey for an even better effect.
3. Drink warm liquids and plain water
Warm liquids and plain water are the most effective ways to loosen mucus in your lungs so it’s easier to cough up. If your cough accompanies accompanies other cold or flu symptoms, then try to drink at least 10 glasses of liquids a day. They help to soothe a sore throat, keep a fever down and help your body flush out germs.
4. Take a hot shower or a steamy bath
You can also use a humidifier or sit in a steamy room to help loosen the mucus in your lungs.
5. Take the right kind of cough mixture
You have to take an expectorant if you’re coughing up phlegm. Also, you use a cough suppressants for coughs that don’t bring up mucous. Suppressants are also called antitussives.
6. Get that chicken soup comfort
If you’re coughing up phlegm, you need to let nature take its course. Warm soup can help you speed up the process. When your body coughs productively, it can clean out unwanted substances in your lungs.
If coughing persists, please consult your doctor. This includes coughing up blood, shortness of breath and sharp chest pains.