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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


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


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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