A cough is a general reflex action that clears off mucus or foreign irritants from the throat. On an average, a cough that lasts for less than 21 days is acute (mild) in nature while the one that continues for longer can be chronic or a sign of an impending… ...Show more
A cough is a general reflex action that clears off mucus or foreign irritants from the throat. On an average, a cough that lasts for less than 21 days is acute (mild) in nature while the one that continues for longer can be chronic or a sign of an impending illness.Coughing to free the throat from mucus is generally an infrequent action, although certain medical conditions can trigger a frequent occurrence.CausesA cough is caused by different conditions, both severe and mild.Some of the causes of coughs are:To clear the throat: The standard way of clearing the throat is through coughing. Any time your airways are clogged with dust, mucus, and other unwanted particle, a cough is a reflex process of clearing the particles and making air flow freely for better breathing.Bacteria and viruses: The highest cause of a cough is through respiratory tract infections like colds and flu. Most infections of the Respiratory tract are usually caused by a virus.Smoking: A very common cause of a cough. Most of the coughs caused by smoking are often chronic in nature. It's also known as a "smoker's cough"Treating A CoughA cough can be treated in different ways, depending on the type. For adults, self- treatments can be done at home.Self-treatmentA viral-induced cough cannot be treated with antibiotics. However, below are some lifestyle changes you can implement:
Drink more water to stay hydrated.
When sleeping, keep an extra pillow on your head for elevation.
Use cough drugs to clear your throat.
Always gargle with hot salt water, to which turmeric has been added, to clear off mucus and foreign irritants.
Regularly add ginger or honey to hot tea to reduce your cough and clear your throat.
Can your diet improve your symptoms?Generally, a healthy diet can speed up recovery because it fuels your body with the needed nutrients to perform at its optimal.Below are lists of foods that promise to tame your cough:
Honey and ginger juice decoction
Liquorice root tea
Tea made of tulsi leaves and crushed peppercorns
Going Beyond In The Holistic ApproachLouise Hay, Motivational leader and empowerment coach who has done pathbreaking work in supporting HIV/AIDS patients and their families, has said that, “Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.”According to her, the main cause of Cough is: A desire to bark at the world. “Listen to me!”One of the ways of healing this is through saying or writing affirmations. Her affirmation for healing cough is: I freely take in divine ideas which are filled with the breath and the intelligence of life. This is a new moment. Show less