I decided to do this blog today (Saturday, December 19th 2015) after a couple of different co-workers have been battling with coughing-sore throats lately. It’s that time of the season I guess, so I wanted to look for natural remedies instead of the cough drops (has some ingredients that are NOT really healthy-e.g. corn syrup)..

CAUSES

What causes cough? 92 possible conditions healthline.com
“…In general, a cough that lasts for less than three weeks is an acute cough.

A cough that lasts between three and eight weeks, improving by the end of that period, is a subacute cough.

A persistent cough that lasts more than eight weeks is a chronic cough….

The most common cause of a cough is a respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or flu. Respiratory tract infections are usually caused by a virus and may last from a few days to a week. Infections caused by the flu may take a little longer time to clear up…

Cough: Learn About the Causes, Symptoms and … emedicinehealth.com

“… Acute coughs can be divided into infectious (caused by an infection) and noninfectious causes.

Infectious causes of acute cough include viral upper respiratory infections (the common cold), sinus infections, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, and whooping cough.
Noninfectious causes of cough include flare-ups of chronic conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and environmental allergies.

The easiest way to simplify the causes of chronic cough is to divide them into ..”
-Chronic

Diseases and Conditions Chronic cough mayoclinic.org
“…Chronic cough is defined as lasting eight weeks or longer in adults, four weeks in children. ..

…most common causes are tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma and acid reflux — the backflow of stomach acid that can irritate your throat. Chronic cough typically disappears once the underlying problem is treated.
…”

PREVENTION

Prevention & Treatment of Cough aarogya.com
” Smoking should be stopped. Drink a lot of water and avoid unhealthy surroundings and crowded places where people with upper respiratory tract infections are bound to be present. Avoid smoke particles and dusty places as well. …
Preventing a cough mucosolvan.com
“…The key to cough prevention is a healthy immune system. Your body has a natural defence system that helps you fight off bacterial and viral infection and resist the damaging effects of environmental irritants. A balanced diet, adequate exercise, sufficient sleep and a healthy lifestyle help maintain a well-functioning immune system…”
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TREATMENT

10 natural cough remedies By: Melissa Breyer
December 12, 2013, 2:10 p.m mnn.com
The next time you have an annoying cough, take your grandmother’s advice and try one of these natural remedies.

“… So, how to quell that cough without resorting to over-the-counter medicines that are possibly ineffective and may offer a host of their own side effects? With natural remedies, of course. Here are some favorite folk ways to relieve a nagging cough.

1. Homemade honey cough “syrup”

jar of honey…

7. Suck a lemon..

10. Ginger

Ginger has a lot of secret powers and it has been used for its medicinal properties since antiquity. Practitioners of Eastern medicine commonly prescribe ginger to treat symptoms of colds and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. You can make ginger tea by adding 12 slices of fresh ginger in a pot with three cups water. …

Alternative Cough Cure Try this natural remedy that beats cough medicine
By Amy Gorin November 3, 2011 prevention.com
“…Reports have found that ingredients in certain cough medicines can be dangerous for kids and ineffective in adults. A better remedy may be in your pantry. When researchers from Penn State College of Medicine gave 105 children with coughs either 1 to 2 teaspoons of buckwheat honey, a dose of dextromethorphan-based cough medicine, or nothing before bed, those taking honey coughed less and slept more soundly. Honey coats the throat to soothe irritation and is rich in infection-fighting antioxidants. It also spurs saliva production, which can help thin out mucus, say the study’s authors. Honey of any variety helps adults combat hacking as well. For adults, try up to 3 teaspoons every 2 to 3 hours as needed (don’t give to children younger than 1 year)…”

-Bronchitis

Natural Treatments for Bronchitis 5/3/2013 1:42:00 PM
By Jaime A. Heidel motherearthnews.com
25 Home Remedies for Bronchitis September 2, 2014 homeremedyshop.com
Natural Cures for Bronchitis Last Modified on Mar 07, 2016 earthclinic.com

Best Natural Remedies for Bronchitis Acute Chronic , from youtube.com

Natural Cures for Coughing or Bronchitis | Best Health and Beauty Tips | Education

-Mucus Build up in Lungs?

Basics of Postural Drainage and Percussion cff.org
Chest physical therapy (CPT), or postural drainage and percussion (PD & P), uses gravity and percussion (clapping on the chest and/or back) to loosen the thick, sticky mucus in the lungs so it can be removed by coughing. Unclogging the airways is key to keeping lungs healthy.
“..
The goal of PD & P is to clear mucus from each of the five lobes of the lungs by moving mucus into the larger airways so that it can be coughed out. The right lung is composed of three lobes: the upper lobe, the middle lobe and the lower lobe. The left lung is made up of only two lobes: the upper lobe and the lower lobe. ..”

HOW TO DO MANUAL CHEST PT (Airway Clearance)



“Published on Nov 20, 2015

Here’s how we do Manual Chest PT (Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy) for airway clearance. Cystic Fibrosis causes an excessive amount of thick, infected mucus in the lungs that requires routine percussion & drainage therapy… so here’s a few tips & tricks we’ve picked up over the years!
Percussion video, from youtube.com
“Uploaded on Apr 27, 2010

Clearing mucus for people with bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, or COPD”

Any other suggestions, ideas, tips, etc..?

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