Cough Relief

Most people try to manage their cough at home. Here are some tips to try. If your cough persists, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Tip #1

Stay hydrated by drinking water. The water will thin the mucus (postnasal drip) and keep mucous membranes moist.

Drink water

Tip #2

Menthol cough drops will do two things – numb the back of your throat and decrease the cough reflex.

Cough dropTip #3

Drink warm tea with Manuka honey. This may soothe your sore throat.

Drink tea with honey

Tip #4

Take a steam hot shower to loosen nose secretions.

Hot shower

Tip #5

A humidifier in a dry home may help. But, it must be cleaned per the manufacturer’s instructions or it may become a haven for microorganisms such as fungi, molds and bacteria.

Humidifier

Tip #6

Remove any irritants from the air such as smoke, scented sprays and perfumes. All of these substances can irritate your airways.

No smoking scent perfume

Tip #7

You may also want to try a decongestant or a cough suppressant. If you are congested, then try a decongestant but be careful since overuse can leads to excessive dryness and trigger a dry cough. A cough suppressant is necessary when a cough hurts or you can’t get a good night’s sleep because of coughing. Talk to your pharmacist about which one to use. Children under the age of 4 should not be given cough or cold medicine because of the side effects.

Cough medicine

*A cough that lasts more than two weeks should be evaluated by your doctor.