Cough is common if it occurs occasionally, but persistent cough may be a sign of a medical problem. If the cough lasts less than three weeks, it is considered “severe”. It is considered “chronic” if it lasts more than eight weeks (four weeks in children).
What is a cough?
Two types of cough: productive and non-productive.
Productive (phlegmatic) cough
It produces mucus or mucus, clears it from the lungs.
It is also called dry cough, does not produce mucus.
It can be very painful and can affect both children and adults. There are many medical treatments you can use to reduce them, but there are also home remedies that can be just as effective in many cases.
Curcumin is best absorbed into the bloodstream when taken with pepper. You can mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper in a drink, like orange juice. You can also make it in hot tea.
Ginger can be found in many teas. You can also make ginger tea from ginger root by soaking peeled or chopped root in warm water. Adding honey can be even more beneficial for this disease.
It has been found to have antibacterial and antiviral properties.
There are several ways to get peppermint. These include drinking peppermint tea or sucking peppermint lozenges. Try to drink peppermint tea before going to bed to get rid of night cough.
Gargle with salt water:
Gargling with warm salt water can help relieve the disease‘s discomfort and irritation. Then gargle numerous times during the day. Young children should avoid the treatment since they may swallow salt water.When to see a doctor
The disease can last for months and can be tiring as well as disruptive.
What is mucus?
This is a thick, sticky substance that gets stuck in the back of your throat when you are sick.The mucus membrane makes mucus to protect and help your respiratory system.
Mucus is sticky so it can trap dust, allergens and viruses. This is thinner and less noticeable when you are healthy.
Mucus is a healthy part of your respiratory system, but if it is bothering you, you can find ways to dilute it or get it out of your body.
Also called productive cough, it is the cough that produces mucus. It may feel like something is stuck in the back of your chest or throat. Sometimes a whooping cough will bring mucus into your mouth. A whooping cough indicates that your body is producing more mucus.
Why is there a whooping cough?
When unwanted substances such as dust, allergens, contaminants, or smoke enter your airways, special sensors send a message to your brain, and your brain is alerted to their presence.
Your brain then sends a message through the spinal cord to your chest and abdominal muscles. When these muscles contract rapidly, they push the air pressure out through your respiratory system.
Home Remedies for Mucus Cough
Drink plenty of liquids.
One of the best home remedies for this is to use fluids to dilute mucus in the throat. Take ginger tea, juice, soup and broth. But do not make it hot or spicy which causes sore throat.
Use a humidifier to make sure the room air is not dry, especially at night when sleeping.
If you take steam, it can help thin the mucus. For children, an adult can sit with a child in a steamy room.
Honey may contain inactive endospores of Clostridium botulinum which may cause damage. Therefore, it is better to use pasteurized honey, but do not give it to children under one year of age.
Children over one year of age can be given half a teaspoon of pasteurized honey in one dose before going to bed. An adult can take one teaspoon of honey to get rid of cough.
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A sip of hot water is one of the most effective home remedies for this which helps in relieving sore throat.
It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet to control the infection if that is why you are coughing.
It is a very common disease and usually gets better in a few days or two weeks. Home remedies for whooping cough can help you overcome it. But if there are other symptoms or they persist, you will need medical help. A chronic or long-term phlegm cough can be a sign of an underlying condition.
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