Chronic Cough (cont.)

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Are there home remedies for chronic cough?

Chronic cough in adults can be treated with home remedies. Consult your doctor for the home remedies that might be best for you.

  • Stay hydrated. Fluids can help thin secretions.
  • Gargle with hot saltwater to help cleanse the throat and rid it of mucus.
  • Elevate your head with extra pillows at night to ease a chronic dry cough.
  • Cough drops may soothe an irritated throat.
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Avoid inhaled irritants such as smoke, dust, or other pollutants.
  • Honey often can be an effective treatment for a persistent cough. Add honey to hot tea, or even grape juice.
  • Ginger, prepared as a tea, is often used to help reduce symptoms of chronic cough and clear the nasal passages.
  • Other herbs such as eucalyptus or mint are often used to relieve cough symptoms.

Can chronic cough be prevented?

  • Don't smoke, as smoking is the most common cause of chronic cough.
  • Talk to your physician about managing your asthma, postnasal drip, or GERD to avoid cough symptoms.
  • Stay away from others known to be sick with bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Eat fruit. Research suggests that diets high in fruit fiber and flavonoids may prevent chronic productive cough.

REFERENCES:

Medscape.com. Diet High in Fruit Fiber and Flavonoids May Prevent Chronic Productive Cough.

National Lung Health Education Program. Chronic Cough.

UpToDate. Patient information: Chronic cough in adults.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2014

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