Conditions such as the common cold or flu are often accompanied by a cough as well. The symptoms of a cold or flu are bad enough – and if they come with a cough, it just gets too annoying to bear. However, if you have a cold or the flu along with a cough, there are still some things you can do to lessen the symptoms caused by a cough. Here’s a list of ways you can ease your cough symptoms.
- If you want to get instant relief from a cough, you can have some herbal or menthol cough drops, which are designed to soothe the throat. If you don’t have any menthol or herbal drops, you can simply have some ordinary hard candy, which can bring temporary relief, too.
- Honey has been used for years – even centuries – as a relief from a cough and the common cold, and it’s a natural form of relief which many people swear by. If you haven’t used honey to alleviate the symptoms of a cough before, it wouldn’t hurt giving it a try. Simply add a spoon of honey to a cup of tea, for instance, or take the honey as is. A word of caution: avoid giving honey to children who are younger than a year old.
- Take as much liquid as you can, whether it’s a cup of hot tea, some lemon juice or lemon water, or just plain water. Most beverages are fine, although you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine in them, such as sodas, as these drinks can make your throat even dryer. Although you can drink citrus-based beverages such as orange juice or grapefruit juice, they can make your throat itchy, so it’s best to stick with other fruit juices and beverages.
- You can also take some cough medication, which basically comes in two kinds: suppressants are the kind that calms down your airways and respiratory system, enabling you to sleep, and expectorants are the kind that helps you get rid of the mucus and cough it up. If you’re unsure about which kind of cough medication to take, ask a GP – and you don’t even have to wait too long for a GP appointment, either, with a special app for GPs powered by Babylon, where you can schedule an appointment with a GP from the NHS and speak to them on video within two hours or less.
- Another kind of medicine you can take is a decongestant, which can help clear mucus from your nose, especially if post-nasal drip irritates your throat, resulting in excessive coughing. But be careful with this as well – whilst you can give a cough and cold medication to teenagers and adults, they are not recommended for children who are younger than 4 years old.
- Steam also helps assuage cough symptoms, since the steam can moisten your throat and airways. One way to benefit from steam is through a hot shower. Another thing you can do to benefit from steam is to use a vaporiser or humidifier, which can keep the air from drying up, effectively easing your breathing as well as loosening the buildup of mucus.