Your chest is tight, your nose is stuffy and you have a terrible cough! Coughing is your body’s way of helping you clear your airways of mucus and any other irritants like dust. Although a cough is meant to help you, it feels very uncomfortable and can often be painful if it goes on for a long period.
You could try home remedies for relief before going to the doctor. Before you try them though, it’s important to understand what kind of cough you might have. Speak to one of our doctors to make sure it’s not serious.
Types of cough
Coughing up mucus or phlegm is characteristic of a wet cough. One of the common causes of a wet cough is bronchitis, a condition where your airways swell up and produce mucus.
If you’re coughing but there’s no mucus, then you have a dry cough. If a dry cough doesn’t seem to go away, it may be a sign of asthma, especially if you seem to cough mostly at night. Most people with asthma also have chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
If you’re coughing up blood, call your doctor as soon as possible. The blood may be coming from your lungs or airways, and may be frothy because it’s mixed with air from your lungs. A bloody cough is a sign you might have a more serious medical problem.
Cough with cold symptoms
A cough may be a symptom of a cold, especially when accompanied by a stuffy nose, body aches, or a sore throat. Rest and over-the-counter medications may help you feel better. Talk to Hello Doctor if your symptoms aren’t manageable.
Get better at home with these handy remedies
Turmeric is a spice that could have a therapeutic effect on dry coughs. Heat half a cup of water in a boiling pot. Add one teaspoon turmeric powder, and one teaspoon black pepper. You may also add cinnamon sticks. Boil for about two to three minutes. Add one tablespoon of honey. Drink this daily until your cough subsides.
Ginger is one of the most popular natural cures for a cough. Cut fresh ginger into small slices and crush them slightly. Place them in a cup of water and bring to a boil. Drink three to four times a day for relief from a sore throat, non-stop coughing and even congestion. You can also add some lemon juice and honey to your mix.
Hot milk with honey
Hot milk with honey is yummy, and can relieve a dry cough and reduce chest pain from continuous coughing. For best results, drink it before going to sleep. For added benefits from the analgesic properties of honey, swallow a teaspoon of plain honey on an empty stomach.
Garlic is thought to have both antibacterial and antimicrobial components that help treat coughs. Boil two to three cloves of garlic in a cup of water and add a teaspoon of oregano. Allow to cool to room temperature, add some honey and drink. This will help your breathing and alleviate other cough symptoms.
Good to know
Talk to Hello Doctor if your cough lasts longer than three weeks after a viral infection and if you have the following symptoms:
- Breathing difficulties.
- Chest pain.
- Coughing up blood.