If your cough refuses to fade away even after eight weeks and you’re not getting any relief from medicines, its time you took action. While a cough is often complemented with a cold and can be caused by a flu infection, a cough that stays for a long time even after the flu is gone could be indicative of tuberculosis, asthma, GERD or whooping cough
Let’s focus on tuberculosis for now. Typically a lung infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, this disease can be deadly if the latent bacteria gets activated and travels to others parts of the body via blood. It can affect the skin, lymph nodes, intestines, urinary tract and even your sex organs.
A persistent cough accompanied by fatigue, loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, fever and night sweats are all symptoms of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is highly treatable and if diagnosed in time can be cured with the help of antibiotics in most cases.
If you have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, you sure know how disruptive that constant coughing can get, especially in the night. Here are some natural remedies to soothe that persistent cough.
1. Natural Remedies
Your kitchen cabinet has all the magical herbs which are highly effective and can help you fend off that nasty coughing fit. Use turmeric, ginger, honey or garlic to soothe the cough. Packed with antimicrobial and expectorant properties, these natural remedies aid in the release of phlegm and treat cough.
Naturopathic experts also recommend steeping herbal concoctions for soothing coughs. Licorice, cinnamon, thyme and slippery elm can all brewed into teas and sipped throughout the day for immediate relief.
2. Consider Sleeping In An Inclined Position
The phlegm that you swallow during the daytime can turn back on you and irritate your throat when you lie down. Elevating your bed with the help of multiple pillows will not only provide you with some relief, but also give you that much-needed uninterrupted slumber.
3. Beware Of Nasal Steam
While nasal steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil relieves nasal congestion and soothe the throat irritation, it also carries the drawback of drying up your airways. This can further irritate your throat resulting in extreme coughing.
4. Keep Your Cough Medicines Handy
Prep your bedside table for everything that might come in handy. A glass of water, decongestants, cough syrup and anything else that may be able to help. Don’t forget to keep a hand sanitizer close too, in case you’re too sleepy to get out of your bed to wash your hands.
5. Don’t Mess With Your Bed
Steer clear of anything that might trigger a coughing episode. Focus on keeping your bed as clean as possible. Wash the bed sheets every week preferably in hot water. (Related Article: Fast Five: To Keep Your Home Healthy & Germ-Free)