The nagging /persistent cough
Chronic coughs are very often difficult to shake away, sometimes even so hard that not even the best of drugs can help us.
Many acute illnesses — ranging from hay fever and the common cold to bronchitis and pneumonia — produce recurrent coughs. But the cough that accompanies acute illnesses resolves in a matter of a few days to a few weeks. In contrast, a chronic cough is variously defined as one that lingers for more than three to eight weeks, sometimes lasting for months or even years.
When a cough lasts longer than expected we worry about the diagnosis and experience frustration and anxiety, especially if diagnosis and treatment stretches out over weeks, which is often the case. Coughing interrupts sleep, producing fatigue and impairing concentration as well as affecting school and work performance.Between medical tests, lost productivity at work, remedies that don’t help, and treatments , coughing is quite expensive.
Common causes of a lingering cough
- Postnasal drip
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Aspiration during swallowing
- Heart failure
- Lung infections
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Lung cancer
- Other lung diseases
- Psychological disorders
#1 hack – Ginger & Honey chest wrap to reduce phlegm and coughs
The best thing about this treatment is that it has no age restrictions, i.e. it is equally effective in both children and adults.
Before you attempt to diagnose and treat yourself, review the red flags that call for prompt medical attention instead of a do-it-yourself approach (below).
what you need
- cabbage leaves
- crushed/chopped fresh ginger
- First, slowly peel off the leaves from your cabbage and then put them for a few minutes in boiling water. They should become warm and soft.
- place a spoon full of honey and a spoonful of crushed ginger on the warm -dry cabbage leaf .
- place the leaf on the chest with the honeyed side on your chest then wrap a plastic or towel around or find any alternative way of securing it .
- Keep the wrap on your chest overnight for best results.
In the case of severe coughs, you should wrap two sheets of cabbage – one on the chest and another on the back. The wrappings should be removed in the morning.
When you remove the wraps, clean the skin with a damp cloth or wash the place to get rid of any residue which the wraps have pulled from your body.
If bronchitis is in an early stage, results will be visible after the first treatment. The treatment should be done for a total of five to seven nights, after which the chronic cough should be entirely gone.