What to Do about a Persistent Cough

What to do about a persistent coughWintertime often leaves us vulnerable to catching colds, viruses, and even the flu. Many colds leave you with a persistent cough even after the usual sinus symptoms subside. If you are unlucky enough to get a cold, many times it can resolve itself in a matter of two weeks. Sometimes antibiotics can speed up the recovery process in cases where the cause is bacterial. Consider these tips on what you can do about a persistent cough.

Before you try to self-medicate or use at-home remedies for your persistent cough, make an appointment to see your doctor to ensure your cough is not a symptom of a more serious condition. Whenever possible, seek professional medical advice to ensure you get the best treatment possible, even if you just have a little cough.

Here are some tips to help you fend off a persistent cough:

•    See your doctor to determine if you need antibiotics, over-the-counter medicine, or even a chest X-ray to rule out pneumonia and other serious conditions.

•    Consult your doctor for a recommendation on a good cough syrup or expectorant to help you treat your cough symptoms.

•    Try your best not to cough whenever possible. If you can get your body in the habit of stifling the coughs, you may begin to see a difference in the number of times you cough per day.

•    For an annoying, raspy cough that starts with a tickle in the back of your throat, try to soothe the tickle and the cough by eating a dill pickle or taking a small sip of pickle juice. You can also try cough drops or throat lozenges.

•    For a productive cough, do your best to expel anything you cough up to get the germs out of your body. Keep in touch with your doctor to be sure you get medicine if needed.

•    For a persistent cough, try using a humidifier to add some moisture to your room while you sleep. For a winter cold, use a warm vapor humidifier to soothe your cough and cold symptoms.

These are just a few suggestions to help you deal with a persistent cough. If you are pregnant, the humidifier can be a fantastic option for soothing a cough without taking medicine. If you have any additional tips or suggestions for getting rid of or treating a persistent cough, please share them in our comments below.


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