Irritable cough or dry cough: home remedies and cough syrup


Possible accompanying symptoms of irritable cough

Depending on the cause, apart from coughing, the following symptoms may occur:

Cough and skin and eye problems
An allergic reaction can cause coughing and other symptoms, such as:

  • Urticaria
  • Sneeze
  • Rash
  • Watery eyes
  • Cry
  • Reddened eyes with itching
  • Difficult breathing

Cough and gastrointestinal problems
A viral or bacterial infection can cause coughing and symptoms to the stomach and intestines, such as:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomit
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea and cough
  • Malnutrition/loss of appetite

Reflux can cause coughing and also:

  • Increased salivation
  • Hoarseness
  • Gastric rhmerzen
  • Chest pain behind the sternum

Cough and flu symptoms
Seasonal flu can cause coughing and symptoms, such as:

  • Ague
  • Sore throat
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Swallowing
  • Excessive sweating
  • High fever or elevated temperature

Cough and breathing problems
Diseases of the bronchi and respiratory tract can be the cause of dry cough along with:

  • Noisy breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath

Heart failure, pericardial effusion and an impending heart attack can provoke dry cough along with:

  • Chest pain
  • Dyspnea or shortness of breath
  • Tachycardia

Cough relief through honey

Honey is effective for dry cough, because it has an expectorant effect:

  • It increases secretion production in the respiratory system.
  • Liquefies the mucus.
  • Stimulates the movement of cilia of the inner bronchial mucosa.

The syrupy and smooth texture of honey seems to be very helpful for relieving:

  • Irritation
  • Itching in the throat.

In addition, honey acts:

  • antibacterial
  • Antioxidant.

A study of 1o5 infants (over two years old) and adolescents (up to 18 years old) shows that one teaspoon of honey administered at bedtime:

  • is more effective for cough suppression than some cough syrup,
  • has no contraindications.

You can dissolve a teaspoon of honey in lukewarm milk and give the child to drink before bedtime.

Honey and lemon
You can take some honey together with lemon juice for coughing.
To prepare the remedy:

  • Boil a whole lemon for a few minutes.
  • When the lemon has cooled, mix the squeezed juice in a cup with a little honey.
  • One or two tablespoons of this mixture can be taken four hours apart.

This is particularly effective for coughs and severe irritation in the throat.

Drug therapy for irritable cough

Therapy of a dry cough involves the use of antitussive drugs.
These drugs relieve cough caused by inhaled irritants. Dry cough occurs when the body tries to remove foreign body particles from the lungs.

Cough suppressant-Ratiopharm cough suppressant-Ratiopharm®
® is often used to treat dry cough. An excruciating nocturnal cough can prevent the child from falling asleep. The cough syrup prescribed for children aged 12 years and older contains dextromethorphan, which temporarily calms the cough for 12 hours.

Dosage of medication for irritable cough

These cough syrups should only be taken after consulting the doctor.
Cough syrup should be taken in the right dose. This is the key to getting rid of persistent cough.
With excessive amount, the child may suffer from side effects.

In case of a bacterial infection, the doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to fight the bacteria.

Bronchodilators For asthma, the doctor may prescribe bronchodilators such as sultanol (salbutamol) for inhalation.

Natural remedies for irritable cough

Listed below are some of the most effective remedies for dry cough, which can also be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If the cause is an infection, the dry cough becomes productive after a few days and resolves. Therefore, you have to change the therapy in the second phase.

  • The juice of ginger root is very effective for cough treatment.
    Mix one teaspoon of the juice together with a teaspoon of honey and some black, ground pepper.
    The juice from the fresh ginger root relieves a sore throat.
  • Take a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of white pepper three times a day for 4-5 days. This helps treat the cough, especially if it is dry.
  • Drinking turmeric mixed with hot water before bed relieves morning coughing.
    To cure dry cough:

    • Heat a piece of turmeric root on a low heat.
    • Allow to cool.
    • Then grind into powder.
    • Take this powder with hot water or honey.
  • Half lemon, honey and pepper. In case of persistent coughing, cut one lemon in half and fill one half with honey and pepper. Frequently suck on the lemon to relieve the cough.
  • Basil tea with honey. A basil leaf tea sweetened with honey can be extremely helpful for sore throats and coughs.
    Another herbal tea, which is extremely beneficial to the health of the respiratory system, is prepared with:

    • Cloves
    • Anise.
  • How is herbal tea prepared:
    • Bring water (about 350 ml) to a boil.
    • Then wait until it has cooled to about 70°C.
    • Prepare a container of glass or clay with herbs, leaves and powdered flowers.
    • Pour in the water.
    • Cover the container with a lid.
    • Wait 10 minutes.
    • Drink the ready-made tea immediately completely, so that the active ingredients are not lost, which can evaporate with the steam.
  • Steam inhalations. You can also make an aerosol with water vapor and lemon essence.
  • Honey and orange juice. For children, mix 2 tablespoons of honey with a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and serve to the child twice a day.
  • Ginger and lemon. One of the best home remedies for cough is a tea made by boiling ginger, half a lemon, pepper and honey.
  • Onion against cough. Cut onion into small pieces and take its juice as a cough suppressant.
    This relieves the tightness in the chest and relieves the irritation in the throat.
    Onion juice mixed with honey helps to liquefy the mucus and relieve the cough.

Other home remedies for dry cough

  • Gargling with salt water. Gargle with salt water twice a day.
  • Garlic. Consume raw garlic or a spoonful with a garlic-olive oil mixture. To prepare, chop several cloves of garlic very finely and add as much olive oil until a viscous, syrupy mixture is formed.
    Take this remedy twice a day to relieve the cough.
  • Snail mucus extract. A very good natural remedy is a syrup of snail mucus extract and raspberry juice. This juice is available at a drugstore or pharmacy.
    You should take 3-4 teaspoons between meals.

In the heating season, a humidifier is recommended to maintain humidity.
Dry air worsens the cough.
It is already enough to place a container of water near the heater.

How long does it last? Prognosis for patients with irritable cough

The duration is variable and depends on the disease. Acute cough (for example, with an infection) passes within a week, chronic cough (as in the case of asthma) lasts for months and years.

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