05
August
2013

How to get rid of an annoying cough

Get rid of that pesky, itchy cough in your throat

Why isn't this cough going away already? We have all said that at one point or another in our lives. Some coughs stick around for weeks or even months! Coughs aren't just annoying; they can make you achy and tired. Learn how to deal with an annoying cough here.
Why isn't this cough going away already? We have all said that at one point or another in our lives. Some coughs stick around for weeks or even months! Coughs aren't just annoying; they can make you achy and tired. Chronic coughs are not just caused by colds and flu; asthma, smoking, dry air, and even some medicines can make your cough stay longer.

If you have a really long, chronic cough, there may be environmental irritants in your home that could be adding to it. Try removing or not using any household fragrances or perfumes to see if that may help reduce your cough.

In the meantime, you can use these tips to get rid of that annoying cough so you can feel better faster.
Steamy Shower
A steamy, warm shower can help hydrate your scratchy throat and give you some relief. You can simulate a steamy shower by filling a bowl with hot water and a few drops essential oils that you like. Drape a towel over your head and breath in the steam. It'll loosen up mucus in your nose and put some moisture back into your throat.
Drink lots of liquids
Sometimes your throat can be irritated by postnasal drip, which means mucus slides down the back of your throat, irritating it and making you cough. Drinking lots of fluids can thin out that mucus in your throat and calm your throat. However, avoid drinking alcohol or diary as those can either cause a mucus buildup or irritate your throat more. Plus, if your house or workplace tends to be dry, especially in the winter, drinking a lot of liquids will help moisten your throat and mucus membranes.
Tea with Lemon and Honey
Hot tea with a little lemon and honey will give you a boost in fighting that cough. Lemon acts as an antiseptic agent and honey will help coat your throat, providing relief.
Cough Drops
Cough drops, especially the menthol kind, will numb your throat, which can reduce your coughing reflex. Keep a bag on hand wherever you go so you always have one ready.
Decongestant
What decongestants do is dry up your nasal passages and decrease mucus. This will help reduce how much mucus gets into your throat and irritates it. However, if you use them for more than four days in a row, you can cause a resurgence of the mucus. It's best to use them for two to three days and then stop. Also be aware that decongestants increase blood pressure so if you already have blood pressure issues, you should talk to your doctor before using these meds.
Cough Suppressants and more
Sometimes you just want your cough to quit it, especially if you're having a hard time sleeping at night because of the cough. Cough suppressants and expectorants can help stop your cough. However, you only should use cough suppressants at night. Cough expectorants can help thin out your phlegm so it's easier to cough up and get rid of. 
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