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How to Get Rid of a Cough


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  • A study found that raw honey works just as well as dextromethorphan, an ingredient used in OTC drugs, to soothe cough triggered by upper respiratory tract infections, particularly in children
  • Drinking enough water helps thin out mucus. It also keeps mucous membranes moist, which may reduce the need to cough

Contrary to what many people believe, a cough is not a disease in and of itself — rather, it's a symptom, a warning sign that your body gives out to let you know that there's something wrong with your health, and that there's an underlying condition that you need to take care of.

For example, a cough can present itself with the common cold and other types of respiratory illness. It may manifest if you have gastrointestinal problems like GERD, or may be triggered by prescription medications. In some cases, it may be a sign of a severe health disorder, such as if you're coughing up blood — a condition called hemoptysis, which can be indicative of tuberculosis, bronchitis or even lung cancer.

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