Cough Cures

  1. What do you do to help a cough get better quicker? Is there anything to be done besides taking cough and cold medicine to help you feel better?
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  3. by   Nurse Ratched
    What kind of a cough - the dry hacky kind, or the productive mucus-y kind?
  4. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Usually dry hacking though occationally brings up a tiny bit of mucus.
  5. by   Nurse Ratched
    Depends on what's causing it (and there are dozens of possible reasons.) This time of year is rife with seasonal allergies. If that's causing your cough, you need to treat your allergies and make sure you're getting lots of water.

    Some people who aren't even asthmatic may need a temporary inhaler for significant coughing.

    There isn't too much one can do to shorten the life of the garden variety viral cough (i'm guessing this is what you're referrign to) other than fluids (keep your mucosa hydrated.) Raise the HOB at night to promote drainage so it doesn't stick in the throat and irritate.
  6. by   Cassinia
    To help cut back on the coughing, and not wanting to use cough medicine, I use an old fashioned home remedy of warm lemonade with honey in it. The warmth is soothing to the throat and the honey is a nice coating. I've used this on my son since he was little and even as a teenager he will try this before having to use medication.
  7. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Incase this helps, it is now acumpanied (sp) by a SEVERE cold (constant running nose and regular sneezing)
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    The runny nose is what causes that tickle cough . . . so take something to dry that up.

    I also sleep upright propped by pillows because as soon as I lay down I start coughing. Not an easy way to sleep however.

    Something hot can temporarily take the tickle cough away - I like the warm lemonade and honey idea . . .

    I keep thinking a bottle brush down the throat would be a good thing to take that itchy, scratchy tickle cough away . . .

  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from megkirpas
    Incase this helps, it is now acumpanied (sp) by a SEVERE cold (constant running nose and regular sneezing)
    Consider seasonal allergies as a possible culprit.
  10. by   Mithrah
    One time I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't stop coughing. I had no cough syrup so I grabbed a bottle of honey and swallowed about 1 Tbsp. It felt so good and stopped the cough quickly.