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Are there home remedies for chronic cough?

Chronic cough in adults can sometimes 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 warm 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.
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Comment from: Steph, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I have had my chronic cough for 6 years. I had all testing possible, changed blood pressure pills too. Nothing stopped the constant cough. People were worried. Then I went off all carbs. No bread, crackers, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc., just to try and get my weight down. Suddenly I noticed I had not coughed for over two weeks! Today I had a bun at lunch and exactly two hours later I was coughing again for an hour! To check it out I had another bun much later in the day and 2 hours later cough started again for one hour! I think I found the answer, it could be the wheat! Maybe you could try that. I miss the bread so that is why I had a bun today.

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Comment from: gailrooney, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I broke my humerus just below my shoulder playing racket ball with my husband. I hit the wall trying to volley back to him. We are in our middle 70s, so I guess my bones are very brittle, although I don't have osteoporosis.

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