Cough Home Remedies
Please consult your doctor before trying anything below
It starts with a tickle. An invisible hand brushes a feather against the back of your throat. Then the rumblings start from deep within your chest cavity. Suddenly the volcano in your lungs erupts and you spend the next few minutes hacking up a mouthful of phlegm, the lava of your lungs.
You have bronchitis. Or more appropriately, bronchitis has you. Bronchitis usually has the upper hand because there isnít a whole lot you can do to get rid of it.
In many ways, bronchitis is a lot like a cold. It is usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics wonít do much good. Sometimes, though bronchitis is caused by bacteria, and in that case antibiotics will work. Acute bronchitis most times will go away by itself in a week or two, but chronic sufferers can cough and wheeze for months. Although you have to let it take its course, there are things you can do to breathe easier while you have it. Stop smoking: It is the most important thing you can do especially if you are a chronic sufferer. Quit smoking and your chances of ridding yourself of bronchitis go up dramatically. Ninety to 95 percent of chronic bronchitis is due directly to smoking. Your bronchitis will improve when you stop smoking. If you have smoked for a long time, some of the damage to your lungs may be irreversible, but the fewer years you have been smoking, the more likely it is that you will have a complete recovery.
Get active about passive smoking.
Avoid those who smoke and if your spouse smokes, get him or her to stop Other peopleís smoking could be causing your bronchitis. You need to avoid all tobacco smoke. Even if you so nto smoke, but you are exposed to exhaled smoke, you are doing whatís called passive smoking or second hand smoking and that give you bronchitis.
Keep the fluids flowing
Drinking fluids helps the mucus become more watery and easier to cough up. Four to six glasses of fluid a day will doo a good job of breaking it up. Warm liquids or just plain water is best. Avoid caffeine or alcoholic beverages, they are diuretics; they make you urinate more and you actually lose more fluids than you gain.
Breathe in warm, moist air. Warm moist air will also help vaporize the mucus. If you have mucus that is thick or difficult to cough up, a vaporizer will help to loosen the secretions. You could also stand in your bathroom, close the door, and then run your shower, breathing in the warm mist that steams up your bathroom.
Do not throw in the towel
Drape it over the sink, steam inhalation from the bathroom sink is very helpful. Fill the sink with hot water, put a towel over your head and the sink, creating a tent and then inhale the steam for 5 to 10 minutes every couple of hours