A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Chronic Cough
I had a question the other day about chronic cough.
A chronic cough is one that never seems to go away.
It’s usually a productive cough, which helps clear mucus (sputum) and foreign material from your airways.
Mucus can be made in your lungs because of bronchitis, pneumonia, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Colds and allergies can produce mucus that drains down the back of your throat (postnasal drainage).
Home treatment may be all that’s needed to provide relief if you have a productive cough and postnasal drainage but don’t have other symptoms.
A productive cough in a person who smokes is often a sign of lung damage.
For smokers, the most effective way to treat a cough is to stop smoking.
A change in your cough or in the color or quantity of your sputum may mean a bacterial lung infection.
A productive cough is a more serious when:
>It produces sputum from your lungs (not postnasal drainage).
>The sputum is rust-colored or contains bright red blood.
>It lasts longer than 10 days.
>It happens with other symptoms. These may include:
>>Fever and chills.
>>Shortness of breath.
>>You have a known exposure to tuberculosis.
To deal with chronic cough it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Balance Omega-3/Omega-6 essential fats.
*Decrease toxic household cleaning, laundry, and personal care products and/or poor air quality.
*Decrease possible triggers, allergies, sensitivities; eliminate dairy products.