How to Treat Your Cold Symptoms Series: Coughing

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Ah, those tell-tale symptoms of the common cold: Sore throat, coughing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing… Who among us doesn’t desperately scour the internet in the hopes of finding that amazing home remedy to help ease our discomforts as we deal with our cumbersome virus?

Colds are just as inconvenient as they are uncomfortable. What’s worse than lying in bed coughing when you can be lounging by the pool or frolicking in the snow? Different allergies affect people every season, but cold symptoms are slightly different and sometimes it is difficult to differentiate. A runny nose, scratchy throat and a slight cough can be an indication that you might have the common cold. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy has new tips and suggestions that discuss natural remedies and alternative treatments to tackle and treat these pesky common cold symptoms.

The common cold typically evolves and gets worse over the course of a few days. A true cold virus has symptoms that last up to 10 days. However, common cold treatment is often easy and effective, cold and cough remedies are usually readily available in your home and work well, especially if treated within the first few days of the onset of symptoms.

In the second of our series, the Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy team is sharing some of the most popular, tried-and-true natural cold remedies for how to treat a nasty cough in hopes of helping you stay healthy!

Dino Giordano (flickr creative commons)

Dino Giordano (flickr creative commons)

Most of the time, people can manage and reduce cough symptoms from the comfort of their own homes.

Elevate and rest: We’ve all had those nights when we can’t sleep and are up all night coughing. Try sleeping with your head elevated. Doing so will allow mucus and phlegm to drain while you sleep and help you breathe easier with less irritation. In order for your body to fight a virus, it needs rest. Relaxing and resting will give your body the energy it needs to replenish and fight the cold.

A spoonful of honey: Drinking tea or warm water is a time honored, traditional way of soothing a sore throat and suppressing a cough, but recently it has been discovered that a plain spoonful of honey coats the throat and can be used as a sleep aid, leaving you rested and well recovered for the next day. Honey is rich in antioxidants and sweet liquids tend to cause salivation, lubricating the upper airway and thinning mucus.

Inhale moisture: That back of the throat tickle can be treated with moisture. Hot water from a shower or a vaporizer can relax your throat and minimize coughing. Not only will a warm shower alleviate a sore itchy throat, but the moisture can also ease your breathing and loosen phlegm, helping you cough it up and out.

Massage it out: If you’re at home and you have someone who can help, have them use a chest percussion technique to help clear the chest congestion. Laying on your stomach on a flat surface, have a partner cup their hands and lightly beat them over your back progressing from lower back to upper back, and repeating. This can help loosen and move congestion up and out.