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December 3, 2018

The Fastest Way To Treat A Cough

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A cold or the flu is the most common illness experienced by both kids and adults alike. They aren’t life-threatening but can cause a great discomfort. This is especially prevalent during October to February which is known as the flu season. While there’s no way to exactly cure the flu or cold until it runs its course, there are ways you can treat the symptoms such as a cough. 

Hydrate yourself

Drink plenty of water, the mucus during a cold is extremely thick and ends up irritating your throat. Increasing your fluid intake can help to make the mucus thinner and keeps the mucous membrane moist, thus decreasing the cough.

Take over the counter medication

A cough is a minor issue and does not require a doctor’s intervention most of the time, a decongestion will help by shrinking the swollen tissue and by drying any mucus present in the lungs and hence aids in clearing up your airways, making it easier to breathe.

These decongestions are available as over the counter medications in many places like the North Shore pharmacy, Balmoral pharmacy etc. They come in the form of pills, liquid, and sprays. Use them as directed by the pharmacist, overuse can make it worse and cause a dry cough. In general, we shouldn’t use cough meds for more than 4 days without a doctor’s approval.

Get vaccinated

Getting yourself vaccinated can help decrease the risk of catching the flu, even if you catch it, the symptoms wouldn’t be as bad as it would be if you didn’t vaccinate. This vaccine is available in pharmacies during flu season though it depends on the country and region, if you are from New Zealand, pharmacy in Hauraki and other local nearby pharmacies will most probably have this vaccine.

Drink hot beverages

Hot beverages such as honey with tea can help to relieve the itchy feeling in your throat. Menthol cough drops can also help by numbing the throat thus decreasing the cough reflex.

Stay away from any form of irritants

Air fresheners and perfumes can also increase mucus production in some people, so avoid places that have this. Staying away from smokers can also do you some good, the smoke will make it more severe as it will definitely irritate your airways.

Having hot steamy showers will help you relax and soothe your cough, coughs caused by common cold and flu typically get better in a week or two, but if it lasts longer than a few weeks and there’s no sign of improvement, you should consult a doctor immediately.

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