Sooth Your Cough

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A cough usually takes place when your throat feels itchy. Soothing your throat of the irritation from a cough is possible. The winter and rainy season as well as allergy season and colds and flu can cause a cough. The cough is the body's way of expelling the mucus that has accumulated in the lungs.

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You can get this common ailment especially in winter days or rainy days. It is quite annoying and embarrassing at the same time, especially when you are traveling. Productive or non productive, it is the body's way of telling you that something is wrong. Hearing your child or your old parents cough night after night is enough to make you buy over-the-counter cough medicine, which can be dangerous to their health. Before you try to soothe a cough, you need to identify the types of cough.

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What are the types of cough?

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    Productive Cough.
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    A cough is said to be productive when you are expelling mucus. Now, not because you are not expelling any mucus when you cough, doesn't mean it is not productive. There are mucus that is too sticky, that an individual experiences difficulty in expelling it. A person who has a productive cough but finds it difficult to expel the mucus exhibits continuous cough wherein, he or she will try to inhale deeply and cough all his might to bring the mucus up to the throat and spit it out. There are people who will try to sit down or squat while coughing. Some even report involuntary urination because of the stickiness of their mucus.
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    Non-productive Cough.
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    A type of cough that is usually caused by dry air conditioning system and allergies. This is usually what makes the throat itchy. If unrelieved, it may cause the tonsils to swell and the individual will be more prone to infection.
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What to do if someone in the family has a cough?

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    Whether it's your child, you or your parents who have an cough, you should first take note of the time or date the cough started.
    Take note of the quality of cough - whether it is hacking, continuous, productive or non productive.
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    Observe if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, difficulty of breathing or phlegm.
    If there is phlegm expelled, take note of the color, consistency and odor. You don't have to touch or smell it. You can look at it and if you don't have any colds, you can get a pretty good smell of it without your nose getting near it.
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    Take note if the cough is productive or non productive and its duration - whether its acute or chronic.
    An acute cough usually lasts from three to seven days. A chronic cough will persist for more than three months.
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    Do not attempt to treat a cough immediately.
    The respiratory system has its own line of defense mechanism. Aside from this fact, more than a thousand strain of common colds and flu. There are times that you need to let the body take care of its own, unless the cough is accompanied by other symptoms like fever or difficulty of breathing. Unless these accompanying symptoms are present or you see an orange or bloody tinge in the phlegm, you can wait up to three days for the cough to resolve on its own. After three days and the cough does not go away, then it's time to seek medical attention.
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    Follow the doctor's prescription and advice.
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Here are some ways to soothe your cough

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    Make a tonic drink with lemon and water.
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    Buy some lemons from your local supermarket and slice them. Put some warm water in a glass and drop two to three lemons in warm water. Have your child, your parent or you drink it. The warm water will take care of dilating the blood vessels. The acidity of lemon will help to neutralize any infection that may be present in the throat.
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    Make a salt water solution.
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    Get a glass of warm water and add about a teaspoon of salt. Stir and sip. There is no actual or scientific basis yet as to how the salt solution helps to relieve the soreness of the throat. It is said that salt attracts water. As such, the inflammation of the throat is relieved by the salt solution as it attracts the water from the inflammation, thus reducing its water content. When this happens, your body's white blood cells or soldier cells are more apt to battle with the impending infection.
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    Make a honey and lemon solution.
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    Get a 16 oz. jar. Slice 2 pieces of lemons and 2 pieces of average-sized ginger. Arrange the sliced lemon and ginger inside the jar. Pour the honey and seal with the jar's cap. Refrigerate for about 12 hours. This concoction will turn into jelly. When it's already formed, get a spoonful and transfer to a mug. Pour warm water, stir and serve. The lemon is rich in vitamin C which will help the immune system fight infection. Ginger on the other hand has anti-inflammatory properties while honey will soothe the throat from excessive coughing.
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    Warm calamansi fruit concoction.
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    This has been an effective remedy used in the Philippines. Using a thong, roast one calamansi fruit for about 2 to 3 minutes. Take care not to burn it. Slice it in half and squeeze the juice into a cap. Get a spoonful and take it as if you are taking a cough medicine. The calamansi is a relative of the lemon but is more potent when warm.
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Additional Tips to Help Relieve the Cough and Colds

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    Protect yourself, the child or your elderly parent from getting chilly.
    When the body gets cold, the more it will require food to process for warmth. It will take time for a person to recover if the food he or she ingest will get metabolized for warmth instead of take up by soldier cells to fight infection. Use socks, blankets, jackets and mittens whenever necessary.
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    Prepare and serve food in an interesting way like decorating it with a child's favorite cartoon character.
    This increases the chances of the child eating more than usual, especially when he is sick. If child or elderly is rejecting any food, try giving soda crackers and juices. If he or she doesn't eat at all for a day, it is advisable to bring the child or the person to the doctor.
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    Clean the child's nose.
    You can use soft cloth or tissue for removing excess mucus in his nose. This will help him breathe easier. for him to be relieved from colds and to avoid allergies.
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    Increase fluid intake.
    Water therapy can help for relieving cough in acute and chronic disorders of respiratory tract.
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    Control noise in the surroundings to give ample rest to the sick child or individual.
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