We all know that annoying feeling in our chest when we have to cough. Sometimes, it’s so strong that we can’t control it. If you suffer from a cough and congestion, there could be several causes. You may even be able to find some relief from your symptoms at home. If not, BestMed is here to help.
Coughing is a natural reflex that helps your body rid itself of internal irritants like bacteria, allergens and mucus. Mucus is one of the most common causes of congestion in the nose, lungs and throat. Your body breaks through congestion by coughing, which pushes mucus up the throat and out of your mouth.
Viral infections, allergies, chest infections and common colds can all lead to coughing as well. Sometimes a few cough drops can help you feel better. However, when a cough becomes relentless, it can be difficult to sleep, work and eat.
When your cough is overrunning your daily routine, there are a few remedies you can try to treat congestion right at home.
Staying hydrated is critical, especially when you’re sick. As your body tries to heal, it exhausts itself and its vitamins and minerals. Keeping yourself hydrated replenishes your body with the nutrients it needs to keep fighting. Fluids also help thin the consistency of mucus in the nose so it drips down the throat easier, reducing the severity of your cough.
Humidifiers are an excellent idea for bedtime and rest days. They release steam, creating a warm air that you breathe in to help reduce the levels of mucus and congestion in the body. If you don’t have a humidifier, try taking a hot shower or letting the hot water in the bathroom run. The steam will open up your nasal passageways and help to clear your throat.
Tea and honey is an ideal drink for targeting congestion and coughing. The hot tea breaks up congestion and helps you breathe easier. Honey has a soft, syrupy consistency that relaxes your throat and your coughing. It also is known to break down mucus in the chest.
Your cough and congestion should not last more than ten days. If your cough persists after a few days of resting and drinking fluids, it’s time to see a doctor. Medical attention is especially vital if you develop new symptoms like fever, trouble breathing or intense body pains. You should also see a doctor if your mucus is thickening or changing color.
At BestMed, we strive to put patients first. Our medical experts will listen to you and provide one-on-one care that puts you on the road to recovery. If you have a stubborn cough, we’re here to help. Make an appointment or walk into a BestMed facility today.