What causes a cough?
A cough is a symptom that can be rather
unpleasant and which you can always do without it. Some of the
causes of a cough include:
However there are times when you do not
even know what is causing the coughing problem thus you many not even
know how to get rid of it. Certain clues to help you identify the
cause of the cough is by taking note of the time it occurs.
Morning cough - coughing in the
morning may be due to asthma
Night cough - if coughing occurs
during the night while you are lying on your back then the problem
could be due to postnasal drip. Sinus infection can cause
coughing which becomes worse at night especially in children.
When to see the doctor
Although many coughs are quite harmless,
some may indicate an underlying condition. In some cases, a cough
may be a sign of bronchitis, pneumonia, a bacterial infection or
asthma. In some rare cases, a cough may even indicate a tumour.
Hence it is advisable to see the doctor to seek medical aid when you
encounter the following symptoms:
fever along with a cough
the cough does not go away after one week
signs of blood in the phlegm which you
developing a hacking cough when already
having another illness
short of breath yet continuing to cough
thick phlegm which cannot come up easily
when you cough
continuous wheezing and hacking
Home remedies for cough
If you are just encountering a
now-and-then case of coughing, never try to buy over-the-counter cough
suppressants as some of these non-prescription cough syrups may
actually thin the secretions that cause the cough which is not really
beneficial at all as during the process of thinning, the cough syrups
also seem to increase the amount of mucus. Instead try out these
safe and natural home remedies first.
The antiviral and antibacterial garlic is
well-known as an immune system strengthener and a fighter of flu, colds
and coughs. Take advantage of its healing properties by consuming
fresh garlic tea.
Lightly crushed two to three cloves of peeled
Place them into a small saucepan or
kettle, add 2 cups of water then bring to boil.
Reduce heat then let it simmer for about
Next strain out the garlic tea and allow to
Sweeten with some raw honey, squeeze a
little bit of lemon juice and add a very small pinch of cayenne pepper.
You can drink this garlic tea daily as much as you wish.
Ginger, being a natural analgesic, can
effectively help in soothing the scratchy irritation and pain of sore
throat. This tickle of inflammation is the culprit that
stimulates coughing hence if you drink ginger tea or juice or just
simply chewing on fresh ginger, it may be beneficial in providing
temporary treatment for this irritation ultimately suppressing the
Preparing a ginger infusion
Place 2 tablespoons fresh and grated
ginger root together with 6 cups of water into a saucepan, bring to
boil and then simmer for about 10 minutes.
Alternatively you can just mix about 1/2
teaspoon of dried ginger powder into a cup of hot water.
Add lemon or honey to sweeten it if
Drink this ginger infusion a few times
daily or until the cough symptom is resolve.
Preparing ginger bath
Macerate about 5 inches of a fresh ginger
root then store inside a small muslin bag. Close the bag by tying
Fill the bath with hot water, place the
muslin bag into the water and let it steep for 5 - 10 minutes.
Take the ginger bath, making sure to
deeply inhale the water vapors which will help in soothing
inflammation, removing mucus and relieving coughing.
Onions are very effective in encouraging
the airways to clear themselves of phlegm and quieting a cough.
They also contain high amounts of vitamin C which is beneficial for
cases of irritation of breathing passages and persistent cough.
They are at their most effective when cooked. Alternatively you
can also make your very own tasty and soothing cough syrup from red
onion and brown cane sugar or raw honey which can provide a range of
minerals, vitamins and nutrients to help in fighting infection,
soothing sore throats and quieting a cough.
Peel one entire red onion, wash it clean
and cut into horizontal slices.
Starting with the base layer of the
red onion, place the onion slices in a bowl while alternating them with
the layers of raw honey or brown cane sugar until you have reconstructed
the entire onion in the bowl.
Place a cover on the bowl and set aside to about 15
hours or leave it overnight.
Come next morning, the bowl should
contain about one cup or more of sweetened onion cough syrup.
Whenever needed, just take one spoonful
of this natural onion cough syrup.
This extremely simple home remedy of
gargling salt water has been proven over and over to be really
effective when it comes to treating a cough problem especially caused
by an irritated throat. Just simply add a little salt into warm
or bearable hot water (the saltier the better) and gargle as many times
throughout the day as you possibly can.
Just simply consuming plenty of water may
help to keep your body hydrated and subsequently helping to thin the