A cough appears when your body responds to irritating of your airways or throat. It can be also a respond to a common cold or to the allergies, lung disease, or even gastrointestinal problems.
A cough occurs in order to help your body to eliminate mucus from your lungs and upper airway passage. This is a way how your body keeps your breathing easy.
Sometimes, the reason for your coughing can be a mystery and you need to find what causes it.
In this article, we present 7 common reasons for a cough, and what kind of measures should be done.
As a result of allergy or cold, the mucus can drip down the throat, touching on the nerve endings and causing wet or a dry cough. This type of a cough is worsening at night. In case of allergies, you may also experience sneezing or itchy eyes.
The study conducted in 2007 showed that saline irrigation can reduce nasal congestion and provide better effects than saline sprays. It reduces swelling and dilutes the mucus, in the nasal passages and eliminates bacteria, debris, allergens, and inflammatory substances found in your nose, which in turn reduces swelling, the main cause of your breathing difficulty.
How to prepare saline solution:
– Add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or sea salt to 1 pint of distilled water.
– Use a saline solution that does not have benzalkonium, because this preservative can only impair your nasal function.
If you experience a dry cough accompanied by a rattling or wheezing sound this is a sign of asthma. The main reason for this cough is an inflammation of your airways, which leads to wheezing and breathing difficulty. It worsens while exercising or at night and you may also experience fatigue, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
If you suffer from asthma you should pay great attention to their gut health and vitamin D levels.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acid reflux or so-called GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes inappropriately, allowing acid from the stomach to flow back into the esophagus. GERD also causes a chronic cough.
It becomes worse when you are eating or lying down. It may be related to other GERD symptoms, including heartburn and acid indigestion.
To treat heartburn, you should restore natural gastric balance and function. The best way is to avoid the excessive consumption of processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and sugar and focus your diet on more vegetables and other unprocessed foods.
By getting enough beneficial bacteria from your diet you can balance your bowel flora, thus eliminating H. pylori bacteria.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
A chronic cough and excess mucus are a sign of COPD and it worsens in the morning. Other symptoms of this kind of a cough is fatigue, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. It is usually caused by smoking and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In such a case the air sacs in the lungs lose their elasticity and start to worsen because of chronic bronchitis.
In 20% of patients, ACE inhibitors that reduce the high blood pressure, can cause a dry cough a few weeks after taking them. As you can treat high blood pressure with lifestyle changes you should avoid those drugs.
The best thing you should do is to avoid processed foods, which are high in sugar/fructose, grains, and Trans fat and starting some fitness program.
Pneumonia is a health condition that starts out with a dry cough and then progresses into a wet cough with green, red or yellow mucus. In this case, the breathing is worsening, and fever and pain occur.
If you are suffering from pneumonia you can recover at home by getting rest and drinking lots of fluids. When your condition is severe, it may require hospitalization where you will receive oxygen therapy, breathing treatments, and fluids.
Whooping cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough can be a reason for a severe cough that usually finishes with a whooping sound. The vaccine is ineffective for this kind of a cough, and you should immediately seek medical attention.
Here are some natural treatments that may be of great help:
– Include more herbal teas, soups with garlic and vegetables in your diet
– Avoid milk, eggs, sugar, and flour, as they are mucus-forming foods.
– Don’t smoke at home and keep your room well-ventilated.
– Increase up to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily
– Massage combination of essential oils with a carrier oil onto your chest or back
– Try Acupuncture
– Use a warm air humidifier with essential oils
– Soothe your throat with wild cherry bark pills.
– While sleeping arranges pillows so you can be more upright.
– Make a foot bath with boiled fresh ginger root in water for 20 minutes
– Massage your skin with a coconut oil to keep it hydrated
– Add a few drops of oil thyme in boiled water and breathe in the steam, cover your head with a towel.