What do you do for a cough? What's your most effective home remedy or OTC medicine?
I just answered another question and told that Hubber about curing myself of pneumonia last month with Wild Oil of Oregano. It is a highly powerful, natural antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral. I put a drop or two in a glass of lemon water and drink up, repeating 2 or 3 times throughout the day until healed.
It cured my illness but I still had to cough up all of the bad stuff.
Are you feeling ill now?
Apple cider vinegar is another one of my go-to remedies. Whenever I am feeling the slightest bit ill, I quickly run to the kitchen and drink a little vinegar.
Hope this helps.
Mix honey and Lemon juice in warm water and drink at least three times a day, with plenty of rest. If that doesn't help, Nyquil is the best OTC medicine for cough. I have written a hub about it. Hope you are well soon.
I recently took my son to the doctor as his cough was just lingering on (more than 3 weeks later.) Also no fever, but sometimes a headache in the afternoons and evenings. I had tried all my usual over the counter medications but nothing got rid of his cough completely. Although I don't like antibiotics prescribed for just anything, I was pleased that the doctor did prescribe antibiotics as well as a brand of cortisone, as that fixed him up within 48 hours.
If I hadn't taken him to the doctor,and what works (in our household anyway) more than over the counter medications or home remedies, to more quickly get over a lingering cough, is rest. During one's busy lifestyle, it is difficult to find enough time to rest, but when our family can find time to rest during colds or other ailments, it is the most effective in getting over something quickly.
Like SherryDigital said, oil of oregano is great, it is a natural antibiotic, will help with cough also. My family's favorite remedy for cough is thyme tea, drink a cup of it every 3 hours, add honey. Oregano and thyme are from the same family of plants, they both will work great for cough. Good luck, hope you feel better.
For an adult, I use a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and a shot of brandy. The lemon cuts the phlegm, the honey soothes the throat and the alcohol will calm the spasms that cause the cough.
I have also used the apple cider vinegar to ward off coughs and strep throat!
Provided this is a cough from a common cold and not associated with a more serious underlying medical condition, I personally like some hot tea with a little honey or even a hot toddy. If you smoke, stop smoking.
I also use Robitussin if my cough gets bad due to bronchitis, hurting my chest and keeping me awake at night. But the most effective thing I have found is to prevent the cough in the first place by heading off an upper respiratory infection with zinc lozenges and the Neti pot. Again, this is my personal experience.
A cough is a sign of illness and could be caused by a number of things. Treatment really depends on the cause and you should get a diagnosis for any cough that lasts longer than 2-3 days or is accompanied by other symptoms such as bloody sputum, shortness of breath, chest pain or fever.
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