Looking for Home Remedies for Coughing?
While it usually only takes about 7 to 10 days for a cough to clear up, that doesn’t make the week you spend coughing any better. Living with a cough can ruin your sleep and make you feel generally miserable. Persistent coughs can be serious, even with no other symptoms, and you should contact your doctor. Still, cough home remedies may be useful to stop a cold and cough.
Why do you cough? “Most coughs due to colds are caused by nasal drainage in the back of the nose,” says Stephen Russell, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Moody Center. This condition, commonly called postnasal drip, results in an irritation, and you cough to try to clear it.
Other common causes of cough include:
Gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn)
With gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach acid regurgitates or backs up into the esophagus to cause a bitter or sour stomach taste in your mouth or throat. Also, GERD can cause the following symptoms:
Spasm of the larynx
Asthma is a more serious cause of cough that is increasingly common today. Cough-type asthma has been labeled “hidden asthma” or “cough-variant asthma,” and is vastly underdiagnosed and undertreated. Triggers for cough-variant asthma are usually respiratory infections and exercise. Until an asthma attack occurs, you may not realize how your lungs are involved.