It’s crucial to have a few tricks up your sleeve when you’re trying to figure out the difference between coronavirus and hay fever. If you develop a tickly throat in the summer, or whether your cough is a symptom of the flu rather than a result of the pandemic.
Coughs, like anxiety, can be treated at home without medicine with one of these home remedies. This is what you should add to your shopping list if you’re only leaving the house for essentials, from family favorites to creative new findings.
Honey (a teaspoon or two) may help to reduce mucus production. It is also antibacterial. But keep in mind that it can induce botulism in babies, a rare form of food poisoning. Never give it to a child under the age of one.
2. Hot Drinks
Hot drinks will not relieve a congested head, but they will relieve a cough considerably better than cold drinks. If you need to relax, drink some hot tea or water.
According to studies, pure chemicals found in ginger root help relax the muscles that constrict your airways. Ginger can be eaten raw, or crushed ginger root can be mixed with honey and added to hot tea.
Drinking enough of water not only relieves coughing pain and keeps you hydrated, but it also thins mucus in your throat. With a cough, you’re less likely to need to empty things out.
Because steam soothes and moisturizes your airways, it may aid with coughing. For added comfort, add essential oils such as peppermint to the water.
6. Neti Pot
Upper airway inflammation is one of the most common causes of cough. By draining out irritants and clearing away mucus, saline irrigation, or washing out your nasal passages with a saltwater rinse, can help to reduce inflammation. A specific bulb or a container known as a neti pot can be used.
Menthol, a naturally occurring component in peppermint, helps you breathe easier by opening your airways. This implies it can help prevent coughs. Menthol is found in chest rubs, cough medicines, and peppermint tea, among other things.
8. Saltwater Gargle
A saltwater gargle is typically used to treat sore throats, but it’s also worth trying for coughs. Much like a saline rinse for the nose, the added moisture can thin mucus and help wash out items that irritate your throat. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces warm water, tilt your head back, gargle, and spit out the solution.
9. Cough Drops/Candy
Sucking on a cough drop — or even a hard candy — may wet your throat enough to put a stop to coughing for the time being. Cough drops with airway-opening menthol are your best bet.