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Veronica's Random Dose - Controlling And Making That Pesky Cough Work For You.

Updated on January 18, 2010

Whether it's due to a cold or flu, seasonal allergies or an upper respiratory infection, coughing spells can be highly uncomfortable; even painful at times.

However, studies have shown that coughing in-of-itself isn't all bad. Rather, coughing can be quite useful in bringing up mucus, clearing the air passages, and ridding the body of infections.

In addition, since coughing "is a natural protective reflex, suppressing the cough reflex might have deleterious (or injurious, harmful) effects, especially if the cough is productive." - so stated Wikipedia.

Although coughing spells can become a nuisance, there is a way of controlling your cough and making it work for you.

* How To Control That Pesky (Yet Productive) Cough, And Make It Work For You.

A 1983 archival issue letter of the Brooklyn Lung Association, Fresh Air News suggested:

  1. "Breathe in deeply."
  2. "Hold your breath for a few seconds (no longer - you wouldn't want to deprive your brain from necessary oxygen)."
  3. "Cough twice, first to loosen (any) mucus, (second) to bring it up."
  4. "Breathe in by sniffing gently (through the nose)."
  5. "Get rid of (the) mucus (by using) strong tissues or paper towels."

Whatever you do, the article discouraged swallowing mucus, since it can upset your stomach.

* Productive Cough Vs. The Nonproductive Cough.

WebMD defines a productive cough as a cough that produces phlegm or mucus (sputum), and one that should not generally be suppressed.

Whereas the nonproductive cough is dry and does not produce phlegm or mucus (sputum). This type of cough "may develop towards the end of a cold, or after exposure to an irritant such as smoke or dust" ( provides a detailed overview of the causes of both cough types).

In any event, persistent coughs (those that last for two weeks or more, or cease only to quickly return); whether they be productive or not, should always be checked out by a physician.

So if you have a productive cough that's associated with a cold or flu, seasonal allergies or upper respiratory infection, why not put these simple suggestions to use - Control and make that pesky cough work for you.

*[It is vital to note, that "coughing might be severe enough (in terms of
 psychological, physical and social distress) to warrant treatment."] - 
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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I so agree BkCreative. The more we go back to the earth - so to speak - the healthier we will be.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It just makes so much sense. Thanks for this information - we just have to get back to the natural real world if we are ever going to be healthy.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by creativeone59. I hope this hub will help especially during this cold and flu season.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Veronica for very vital and informative hub on controlling a pesky cough. thank you fro sharing it. creativeone59

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by elisabethkcmo. That's a really good idea. I might look into that. Although I'm not against all medicine use, I am a huge advocate of allowing our bodies to heal itself. I'll choose a natural approach over medicine anyday. It's only if it becomes an absolute necessity that I will go that route.

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      8 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Great hub, Veronica..the advantage of the cough is a very good point. We have become so used to 'treating' everything with medication, forgetting that many of our symptoms (like a fever to increase the body temp and kill the invading germs, or diarrhea, to flush our system also from the invading germs ) is our body's way of treating itself, and we shouldn't reach for the medicine cabinet right away. ?maybe you should do a hub on that issue too?

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You are so welcome Hello, hello. I hope it helps those suffering during the cold, flu, and allergy season.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      This is such a good advice. Thank you for putting it together and sharing it.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I hope this helps habee. I've already put it into practice and it does seem to help a bit. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, girlfriend! I will need this info soon - I get a cough/cold every holiday season.


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