First Let’s Know What A Cough Is?
A cough is a reflex that helps clear ones airways of irritants. Nerves in the airways become stimulated by allergens, medical conditions, medications, and other irritants, resulting in a forceful expulsion of air from the lungs.
Causes Of Cough
There are several causes of cough but the common ones include:
- pollen, dust, animal dander, andmold.
- smoking, inhaling secondhand smoke, pollution, chemical fumes, perfumes, and air fresheners.
Medical Conditions That Makes Us Cough Are:
Common cold, Upper respiratory tract infection, Flu, Pneumonia, Whooping cough, Asthma, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Sinus infections, Postnasal drip, Acute bronchitis, Chronic bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Emphysema, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Lung cancer, and Heart failure.
Medications: ACE inhibitors and Beta blockers.
A dry cough is usually the result of
cold and flu viruses, allergies, acid reflux, ACE inhibitor medications, and irritants such as cigarette smoke.
A wet cough is mostly caused by Cold or Flu viruses, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
A persistent, or chronic cough is one that lasts for more than 3 weeks and may be caused by heart disease, asthma, lung disease, bronchitis, and whooping cough.
12 Natrual and Home Remedies To Cure Or Soothe A Cough
Stay hydrated: Drinking lots of water helps to thin mucus.
Inhaling steam: By taking a hot shower, or by boiling water and pouring it into a bowl, stay at leasta foot away , place a towel over your head to form an enclosure over the bowl and inhale. Stop if you feel uncomfortable and Note: do not do this if cough is due to asthma, as steam may make symptoms worse.
Use a humidifier to loosen mucus.
Cough drops or lozenges soothe an irritated throat (do not use in young children).
Gargling Saltwater helps clear mucus from the throat.
Using an extra pillow to elevate your head at night.
Use honey. It can be used alone in adults and children over 1 year of age, and acts as a cough suppressant.
Ginger tea soothes throat inflammation.
Eucalyptus oil: Use it in a vaporizer or rub on your chest to help break up mucus.
Mint: Often taken as a tea, helps loosen mucus in the lungs.
Menthol is commonly found in lozenges, and it can soothe a cough.
Apple cider vinegar, when diluted or mixed with honey helps thin mucus.