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.
Stay hydrated by drinking water. The water will thin the mucus (postnasal drip) and keep mucous membranes moist.
Menthol cough drops will do two things – numb the back of your throat and decrease the cough reflex.
Drink warm tea with Manuka honey. This may soothe your sore throat.
Take a steam hot shower to loosen nose secretions.
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.
Remove any irritants from the air such as smoke, scented sprays and perfumes. All of these substances can irritate your airways.
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.
*A cough that lasts more than two weeks should be evaluated by your doctor.