The NHS has recommended a home remedy
made of honey and lemon for short-term cough on their website.
Before you drive to the
pharmacy for your cough medication, think twice! Experts think that cough
medications may be nothing more than a waste of money.
is a protective mechanism that helps to remove any irritant, foreign body or
secretion from the respiratory tract. There are two main types of cough, dry
. While dry cough could be due to an irritant or allergy
, productive cough is
often due to conditions like bronchitis
or even pneumonia
Many times, people are not
aware of the different types of cough and take the first cough syrup they get
their hands on. While dry cough is treated with cough suppressants, productive
cough is often treated with expectorants to bring up the secretion.
Cough suppressants used to
treat dry cough often include:
Expectorants used to treat
productive cough include:
Unfortunately, some cough
contain ingredients that do both, cause expectoration as well
as suppress cough. Thus, these syrups do not treat according to the type of
cough and such combinations are considered irrational.
The NHS website states that
though cough syrup ingredients can help relieve some symptoms associated with
cough like a blocked nose or a fever, there is little evidence that cough
medicines actually work. In fact, it suggests that the age-old cough remedy of
may work better for short-term cough.
Many therapies for your
cough will be available in your own kitchen. Here are a few that you can reach
1. Perhaps the easiest to find - a glass of warm water acts as an
expectorant and helps you cough out excess secretions.
2. A cup of warm water with honey and a touch of lemon is not only tasty
but also effective. Honey should be avoided in babies less than a year old due
to the risk of botulism.
3. For productive cough, make a tea with honey using freshly ground pepper
milagod instead of tea leaves.
4. Drink a broth made from thyme
A cough that does not show
signs of improvement with home remedies or is associated with other symptoms
should be treated by a physician.