Seasonal variations, dust, presence of allergens in air, cold, flu and other types of respiratory infections cause debilitating and nagging cough. The hacking cough whether it is due to dry air, infection, and acid reflux, can make you weak and lethargic.
Therefore, the best you can do to feel yourself at ease and avoid your hacking cough taking a toll on your health is managing your cough at home by adopting simple and effective home remedies like the ones given below.
Effective Home Remedies For Chronic Cough
Ensure Clean Air In Your Surroundings
Before resolving surrounding air issues, if you smoke, quit smoking instantly and after that take care of your surrounding by limiting the use of air fresheners, scented sprays and bathroom sprays, and then ensure smoke free ambience for all.
Because, scented sprays, smoke, irritants and dust cause severe sinus irritation and enhance mucus production and coughing reflux thus results and if it is left uncheked, it could lead to chronic cough.
Drink Water To Thin The Mucus
During cold and flu infection and severe upper respiratory tract infection, the postnasal secretions run down the sensitive areas of your throat and cause irritation that leads to constant cough. If you drink water, the mucus present in the postnasal secretions gets diluted and thus its irritating ability diminishes.
In this way you will be protected from the constantly nagging cough. In a similar fashion, during hot climatic conditions and severe winters, you can prevent the dryness of your throat by consuming water and increasing your fluids intake.
Gargle With Warm Saltwater
The dryness of your throat or presence of mucus both are equally responsible for your severe cough and therefore to get rid of both gargle with hot or warm saltwater as long as you feel comfortable of using it.
Use Raw Garlic And Ginger Tea
You are well aware of the potential health benefits of both garlic and ginger as many scientific studies have strongly revealed their true benefits due to the presence of several natural compounds in them. Therefore, make it a habit of chewing raw garlic cloves early in the morning throughout the course of your throat infection and hacking cough to get outstanding results. Similarly, drinking a cup of hot tea prepared from the extract of ginger proves very effective during constant cough.
Use Warm Tea With Honey
Tea with its natural nerve soothing capabilities and blood vessels dilation abilities due to the presence of thiamine, theobromine and theophyllin calms the nerves of the throat to prevent cough reflux and honey with similar effects if blended with hot tea proves to be very effective in severe and chronic coughs. Therefore, drinking a cup of hot tea mixed with honey proves to be a very effective home remedy for chronic cough.
Enhale the vapours of mint and eucalyptus oil as often as you can to naturally sooth the lining of your throat, calm the nerves responsible for cough reflux and to open up the closed air passages of your lungs. Similarly, use minted and menthol cough drops to decrease the cough reflux with similar effect.
The other comfort and most effective method that you can adopt is this: extend the height of your head support by adding extra pillow to your bed at night in order to decrease the effects of chronic cough during night time.
Take Warm Showers
Warm water shower and steam bath relieves pressure from the sinuses and air passages of your lungs and thus indirectly act as decongestant in helping you out in chronic cough by loosening the mucus secretions not only in the nasal passages but also in the throat.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.