When irritants like dust and smoke appear in our throat or our airways, then we have a reflex in the form of cough to clear them. It can be annoying, but it isn’t serious.
A chest cough usually signifies that it produces phlegm in order to clear the airways. A dry cough, on the other hand, doesn’t produce any thick mucus or phlegm.
You don’t need any treatment for coughs, but if it is persistent and lasts for a while, you need to visit your doctor.
Common Causes of a Short-Term Cough
- An allergy like allergic rhinitis or hay fever
- Inhaled dust or smoke
- An upper respiratory tract infection which affects the sinuses, throat, or windpipe; it can be sinusitis, cold, flu, laryngitis or whooping cough
- A lower respiratory tract infection that usually affects the lower airways /lungs like for example bronchitis or pneumonia
- A flare –up of a condition like chronic bronchitis or asthma
Common Causes of Persistent Cough
- An allergy
- Bronchiectasis: Widening of the airways of the lungs
- Asthma, which often causes additional symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing
- A prescribed medicine like for example an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitor)
- Bronchitis and other long-term respiratory tract infections
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
- Postnasal drip, often caused by sinusitis or rhinitis
When to see your GP?
If your cough lasts for a week or two, you don’t need to go to the doctor. But, you must visit your doctor if:
- Your cough is becoming worse
- It lasts for more than three weeks
- You feel chest pain or breathing difficulties or chest pain
- You also feel other symptoms like swellings in your neck or lumps, a change in your voice or weight loss
A mild cough will probably pass in only several weeks. There are medicines that can help you suppress the cold or inhibit the production of phlegm, but they aren’t recommended. They can’t help you because they will only cause side-effects.
So, why don’t you prepare a natural remedy by yourself at the comfort of your own home? The ingredients for the remedy we’re about to present you are completely natural, so it won’t cause any side-effects and it’s very safe for you to use!
Homemade Herbal Cough Drops
- ½ a cup of raw honey
- ½ a cup of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon
- First, you have to prepare the coconut oil. Beat it until it is whipped. Use a hand mixer or a stand.
- Then, add the honey. Make sure both of the ingredients are combined well.
- Next, add the cinnamon.
- Freeze this for 30 minutes.
- Take the cube drops out of the ice cube tray.
- Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Use them when you feel the need to.
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