Cough is not a disease instead it is a symptom of a disease and in children. It is commonly caused when the lungs are affected by harmful foreign objects. Chronic coughing may be caused by allergies, asthma, sinus infection, tuberculosis or by esophageal reflux. People, who smoke can suffer from chronic coughing and infections of bacteria, virus or antibodies can cause bronchitis or pneumonia, which causes coughing.
Coughing is sudden and repetitive, and it helps in elimination harmful antibodies from the body. If the food goes into the respiratory pipe to block the nasal path, cough can be caused and it may also cause choking.
To take any treatment for coughing, the patient should first be aware of the reason of coughing. There are many easy home remedies, which can cure coughing caused by viral infection or cold.
1. Honey mixed with white pepper is extremely effective and it can be taken two to three times in a day.
2. Tea made from either of the product such as ginger, fennel seeds, black pepper powder and Ocimum sanctum (Holy Basil) leaves is effective against cough.
3. Onion juice cough syrup can be made to relax the throat.
4. Turmeric powder can be taken with warm milk before going to bed.
5. Gargling with warm water is effective in cough.
6. Inhaling steam by boiling a jug of water, and covering the head and jug with a towel, helps in cleaning the nasal path. (You can add a pinch of camphor powder to the hot water).
7. Taking roasted turmeric powder with honey is also helpful in curing cough.
8. Taking lemon juice with cinnamon and eucalyptus leaf is helpful in cough.
9. Massage (feet and hand) with mustard oil (either mixed with camphor powder or with garlic cloves). It is extremely relaxing for the people, who feel body pain caused by cough.
1. Sometimes, cough and cold causes stomach disorder, in such case, one should eat fibrous food to clean the bowel.
2. There are many food products, which may cause adverse effect on the patient suffering from cough and it should not be taken such as pickles, leftover food, over cooked food, oily dishes, cold drinks, ice creams etc.
3. Stay away from substance, which can cause allergies such as smoke or dust.
4. Quit smoking and reduce the intake of alcohol.
5. Keep a handkerchief on your face, when you cough in crowded places and stay away from kids.
6. Wash hands with soap every time before taking any meal.
7. Do not eat food products, which are difficult to digest such as semi cooked dishes, meat, junk food, chips or spicy food.
8. Inhaling steam from the water boiled with mint leaves helps in cleaning the nasal path.
9. Drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration and constipation.
If the homemade remedies are not effective in curing the patient in a week, you should immediately contact a physician and get examined.