One of the most common symptoms of an underlying condition is definitely a cough. It can appear because of gastrointestinal problems, lung disease, a common cold, allergies etc.
Sometimes, a cough can be very helpful because your body removes all of the mucus from the lungs and the upper airway passages. Your body needs to protect your breathing and makes it easy. What causes the cough can be detected, but not very often.
You need to be sure about the sound as well as some of the other symptoms which come along with the cough.
In this article, we’re going to present you 7 of the most common causes of coughs as well as some tips to help you relieve them:
This type of cough can appear like wet or dry cough and it mostly appears because of colds or allergies.
It usually worsens at night. The back of your throat feels scratchy. In case of allergies, your eyes are also itchy and you sneeze a lot.
If you also have cold symptoms which last more than 10 days, congestion, pressure in the face and mucus which is green and thick, it’s probably a sinus infection. A saline irrigation will help you.
You can prepare your own with combining 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt into 1 pint of distilled water.
It usually starts as a dry cough, but it turns out to be a wet one with yellow, green or red mucus. It often comes with chills, difficulty breathing, a cough, fever, or pain.
You’ll need plenty of fluids as well as plenty of rest. In numerous severe cases, older people or children need a treatment in the hospital because of an oxygen therapy, breathing treatments and fluids.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
This type mostly appears in the morning and it eases throughout the day, Other common symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and fatigue.
Smoking is considered to be the main culprit.
If your cough comes with a rattling or wheezing sound, it can signify asthma. It usually becomes worse when you exercise or at night. Other accompanying symptoms are shortness of breath, fatigue and chest tightness.
The Buteyko Method can help bring your breathing volume back to normal in case of asthma.
Make sure you also have optimized levels of vitamin D.
ACE inhibitors are medicines that are used to treat high blood pressure. In 20% of the patients they can cause dry cough. If the cough lasts for several weeks, then the medicine is to blame. Ask your doctor for advice.
High blood pressure can also appear because our body creates too much insulin or leptin as a result of our intake of too much processed or sugary foods. Try to avoid these as much as you can.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
This health problem appears hen acid flows backward to our esophagus. It’s actually the second most common cause for chronic cough in the world.
It can have a very negative effect on our health. The cough becomes worse when we eat or lie down. Other symptoms like heartburn also appear.
GERD is usually connected to hiatal hernia or Helicobacter pylori infection. It can also be connected to too little acid in the stomach. Only restoring the balance of the natural gastric function should help you.
Make sure you avoid too much processed or sugary foods as well as nicotine, alcohol and caffeine.
Consume plenty of vegetables and fermented foods. You can also intake a betaine hydrochloric supplement.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Whooping cough usually appears because of a severe cough and ends with a whooping sound similar to an inhaling.
You need to look for a medical attention immediately. Some of the natural treatments include:
- Keep your skin hydrated with coconut oil massages;
- Boil some water and add several drops of thyme oil. Inhale from the steam while your head is covered with a towel;
- Soothe your throat with the help of wild cherry bark lozenges;
- Consume soups with garlic, light foods like vegetables and herbal teas.
Natural Remedies for Coughs
Coughs shouldn’t be always treated with medicines. You can also treat them with some natural remedies. Honey, for example, is very famous, just make sure you don’t give it to children under the age of 1!
Homemade Honey-Lemon Cough Syrup Recipe
Honey will soothe the sore throat and destroy all bacteria. Lemon alkalinizes your body.
Put one pint of organic honey in a pan on low heat. It shouldn’t boil because it may lose its amazing properties.
Boil 1 whole lemon in other pan for several minutes. It should become soft. Leave it to cool down and then chop it into slices.
Add it into the honey. Cook it on warm for 1 hour. After that, strain it to remove the seeds.
Leave it to cool down and then, keep it in a glass jar in the fridge. Cover it with a lid. Keep it there for 2 months.
Use 1 teaspoon of the remedy for a child of 50 lb. / ½ a teaspoon for a child of 25 lb. every day, four times a day. Adults can also take it every day, 1 teaspoon every day.
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