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You have prepared and practiced a stage performance months ago in which you are protagonist . But due to cough you end up sounding like old man. Now you desperately need any method to get rid of cough.
Cough is a reflex action of body against any obstruction in our wind pipe. It is very common condition and normally it subsides itself if your immune system is strong enough.
Persistent cough may be a symptom of over one hundred medical condition of our respiratory tract. It is rather common question among masses that how to get rid of cough?
These are some methods that you can use to get rid of cough at home:
- Natural remedies
- Lifestyle changes
- Keeping personal hygiene
Natural remedies to get rid of cough:
Drink hot tea:
Drinking tea is an effective way to get rid of cough. You can add variety of natural ingredients in it to make it more effective like basil, ginger, cardamom, and many more.
You can drink honey and lemon tea in which you just add honey and lemon juice into warm water. Honey will help in soothing the throat and lemon juice will fight against congestion.
Hot soup is very good option for relieving irritated and sore throat. It will give you warmth, provide relief from sore muscles and help in clearing your airways. It is highly nutritious; you can add vegetables and other effective ingredients like clove and ginger.
You can take turmeric either in milk or warm water. Add one teaspoon of turmeric in one glass of milk and boil it. You can also add honey in warm water with turmeric for extra effects.
Inhaling the essence of turmeric root is also very beneficial for sore throat. You can also drink turmeric tea, for that add one teaspoon of turmeric in water and boil it than drink it. It is very good home remedy and it will help you to get rid of cough quickly.
Do gargling in every few hours to remove the irritation of throat. Add salt in water for even better results. Always use lukewarm water for gargling. Gargle at least for 15 seconds for proper massaging of throat.
Salt will reduce the swelling and inflammation of throat. It will also help in removing phlegm out with water and will give great relief to your throat Gargling is good and easy method to get rid of cough.
Honey is very useful during cough. It has great antibacterial effects. Honey moistens the throat and helps to remove irritation. It can be taken with warm water or directly take 1 to 2 teaspoon of honey in every few hours. In place of taking honey alone you can also mix turmeric with honey for more relief.
Garlic is good antimicrobial and true companion which helps you to get rid of cough. You can take garlic alone or sauté the few cloves of garlic in ghee and then take it.
Try to add garlic in your diet as it lessens the chances of cough and cold. It removes the phlegm by liquefying thick mucus and thus give relief from irritated throat.
Jaggery is very beneficial in cold season to lessen the chances of cough and cold. It helps to expel the sputum from chest and thus helps in fighting the congestion and irritation of throat.
Take some water and boil some pepper in it for about 20 minutes. Than add cumin and Jaggery in it and drink it. It is very effective ayurvedic remedy to get rid of cough.
Bananas are considered to aggravate the condition of cough and cold in Indian families. But bananas are good option for relieving the sore throat as it is rich in vitamin C. It improves immunity and helps to get rid of cough fast. As they are soft they are good choice of food when you have irritated throat.
Licorice roots are natural lozenges. They help in eliminating the cough and keep the throat moist. In place of natural licorice roots you can also take serums and pills which contains licorice root. Licorice roots are very famous method in India to get rid of cough.
You can also make licorice tea but avoid giving licorice tea to small children.
Wrap few pieces of camphor in handkerchief and inhale it in every few minutes. It will clear your respiratory tract and improve your condition very fast.
Camphor will not only help you to get rid of cough, but it will also improve your immune system. It also increases the capacity of lungs and helps to fight against various life threatening diseases like cancer.
Lifestyle changes to get rid of cough and maintain health:
Drink lots of water:
Drinking warm water will massage your throat and give you relaxation from dry throat. If you are suffering from wet cough it will help to dislodge the phlegm.
You should Drink at least 2 to 3 liter of water to get rid of cough and to maintain the level of fluid in your body.
Don’t do heavy exercises:
Avoid doing intense exercise during cough as it may worsen your condition and your chest pain may increase. If you do exercise regularly than you should do mild exercises. But if you do not do regular exercise than it is rather a bad time to start.
Do not do breathing exercises during cough as you may feel breathlessness and uncomfortable feeling.
Take lots of rest:
Doing rest is very important to get rid of cough. It will help to get rid of cough fast and decrease your chest pain and congestion. You can also use vapor during your sleep for uninterrupted and sound sleep. Apply vapor on your chest or just below the nose.
Stop using tobacco, cigarette and alcohol:
Smoking and drinking will affect your condition and even increase the risk of other respiratory tract diseases. Smoking and drinking weakens our immune system thus it takes much time to get rid of cough. It also reduces the oxygen volume in our body.
Keep your surrounding clean:
Living in unhygienic condition during cough will increase the possibility of throat infection and other diseases. Keep your house clean to get rid of cough. Avoid contact with other people as it will spread germs. Always carry handkerchief during cough.
Avoid unhealthy food:
Avoid food items which may aggravate your condition like cold drinks, fast food, oily food and much spicy food. Instead of this eat food items which are easy to swallow and are rich in nutrition. Food items like banana, fruit juices are rich source of energy and they are good choice during cough.
Avoid pollution and dust:
Avoid going to places where there is more pollution and dust as it will increase your coughing. Do not go to much populated places where there is more risk of spreading germs.
Go to places where there are lots of trees and natural beauty to get rid of cough fast. As during cough you may feel difficulty in breathing. In this condition you should visit places where oxygen is in abundance like parks.
Keeping personal hygiene to get rid of cough:
Use handkerchief while coughing and sneezing.
You can also use inhaling drops on your handkerchief so every time when you use your handkerchief you can inhale the vaporizer.
Wash your hands:
Wash your hands much often as germs which come out with cough may remain in your hands and get in your food while eating. Avoid shaking hands with other people to stop the spreading of germs.
Keep your personal belongings like towel, toothbrush and combs clean and apart from other family members.
Take bath regularly:
Bathing with warm water will remove germs from body and will help in soothing your sore muscles. It will also help to decrease chest pain and throat pain. But avoid water on your head as it may lead to headache during cough.
Most importantly, if your cough persists for longer period consult with your doctor. Have full checkup to diagnose for any other disease which may be the real reason of prolonged coughing.
Never take medications on your own as it may not suit you and have any side effect on your body. They may not help you to get rid of cough and they may worsen your condition.