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Treating Cough

Treating a Cough at Home

Drink plenty of fluids or use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer to soothe an irritated throat and loosen mucus. Prop your head up on extra pillows at night and have a little honey before bed. Studies show honey can help ease a cough. Dont give honey to children under 12 months.

Calming a "Dry" Cough

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You may get a dry cough with a cold or the flu or if you breathe in something irritating like dust or smoke. A cough "suppressant" helps stop your urge to cough. Plus, it can help you sleep better. Cough drops -- or even hard candy -- can stop that tickle in the back of your throat. Dont give cough drops to children younger than 4.

Will Antibiotics Stop a Cough?

Usually, no. Thats because most coughs are caused by viral infections like cold or flu and will get better in a week. Antibiotics only work on infections caused by bacteria. If your cough isnt better after a week, see your doctor to make sure its not caused by a bacterial illness like a sinus infection or pneumonia. If it is, you may need an antibiotic.

Coughs From Allergies and Asthma

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Allergies can make you sneeze, cough, or both. An antihistamine may help. Some newer ones at the drugstore wont make you sleepy. If youre also wheezing -- where your breath sounds like whistling -- you may have asthma and need to see your doctor.

What Else Causes Coughs?

If your cough lasts longer than eight weeks, a number of things could be to blame. Chronic coughs can be caused by acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. They can be a side effect of ACE inhibitors, a kind of blood pressure medicine. They can be a sign of whooping cough and even heart failure. All of these conditions need medical attention.

Source :www.medicinenet.com

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