One of the most common disorders that not only annoys a person suffering from it but also irritates the people around you is Coughing. The primary reason for cough to attack a person is either a cold or flu. Cough is the result of an infection of the upper respiratory tract that causes swelling and irritation of the upper airways.
Cough is normally classified under two different kinds. One type of cough is a wet cough, a productive one in that yields mucus, is caused generally by allergies, cold or other respiratory infections. Another type of cough is the dry cough, also referred to as unproductive cough, which is caused primarily as by cigarette smoke, fumes, dust or some other form of irritation. The dry cough irritates more and makes a person cough more.
Cough is one of the most common types of diseases and normally clears up within a maximum period of 7 to 10 days on its own. If the cough is severe, prolonging for more than 10 days, and is followed by chest pain or high fever, it is necessary to seek doctor’s advice and medication as it may lead to serious illness such as pneumonia. In all other cases, it is not necessary to visit a doctor.
In order to avoid the irritation that follows a cough both for the person suffering from it and the persons around him or her, some simple remedial measures might be tried out.
- 1. A person suffering from cough might try out some boiled sweets. The hard sweet in your mouth will increase the production of saliva and causes you to swallow more, and in the process, suppresses coughs.
- 2. Some homemade syrup might be tried out to get relief from coughs. One such homemade syrup is a mixture containing 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey, for which a pinch of cayenne pepper is added. The honey in the mixture will help coating the throat and soothing the irritated nerves, while the lemon present in the mixture will help reduce the inflammation. The cayenne pepper in the mixture helps in quickening the healing process through increased circulation in the region.
- 3. Usage of onion also reduces the irritation and relieves from cough. Take six medium sized onions, peel off and chop it. Put it in a bowl set and add four tablespoons of honey into it. The mixture of chopped onions and honey is then heated on a saucepan. The heated mixture is to be covered and simmered for two hours. After that, the mixture should be strained and intake of one tablespoon of the mixture once in two or three hours will provide relief from cough.
- 4. A mixture containing 5 or 6 cloves and a cup of honey should be kept in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, the cloves in the mixture should be removed and one tablespoon of the mixture should be taken. This will provide relief from cough as the clove content in the mixture dulls the pain and the honey soothes the inflammation.
Following any one or all of the above-mentioned simple methods might provide the much-needed relief from coughs.