A cough is your body’s way of responding when something irritates your throat or airways. A cough may accompany a common cold, or be due to allergies, lung disease, or even gastrointestinal problems.
The main reason you cough is to help your body eliminate mucus from your lungs and upper airway passage. In this way, your body keeps your breathing easy. In some cases, you can easily determine the underlying reason for your coughing. However, this can also be a mystery. There are various factors that can help you identify the cause, including the sound of your cough and the accompanying symptoms. This is very important so you can recover faster.
Today, we have seven reasons for a cough, and what do to about them.
7 Common Reasons for CoughPostnasal Drip
An allergy or cold can cause mucus to drip down the throat. This postnasal drip can touch on nerve endings, which will result in a wet or dry cough. In most cases, a cough caused by postnasal drip is worse at night. You may also experience a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat. If allergies are the cause of postnasal drip, you may also experience sneezing or itchy eyes.
A sinus infection is manifested by postnasal drip accompanied by pressure in your face, thick green or yellow mucus, congestion, and colds symptoms lasting for more than 10 days. According to a 2007 study, saline irrigation can reduce nasal congestion and provide better effects than saline sprays. It thins the mucus, reduces swelling in the nasal passages and eliminates bacteria, allergens, debris, and inflammatory substances found in your nose, which in turn reduces swelling, the main cause of your breathing difficulty.
In order to prepare your saline solution, you should add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt or sea salt to 1 pint of distilled water. It is very important to use a saline solution that does not have benzalkonium, a preservative that can only impair your nasal function.
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