Things are quite difficult when your cough starts pestering you. When it doesn’t go away, you may even end up sacrificing your personal and professional commitment. You literally waste your time and energy in finding the right suppressants or the proper medications but your cough keeps on nagging you. Well, calm down. Your case isn’t entirely hopeless. You can still take some measures to make your condition more bearable. Learn from these specific suggestions:
- Vick’s Vap-O-Rub. Find a good place inside your house where you can stay between 15 and 20 minutes. It is perfect if no one gets to disturb you there. Once inside the place, sit down and then, remove your socks, if it is needed. Bring out your Vick's Vap-O-Rub. Scoop it generously into your hand. Use the Vick's Vap-O-Rub in massaging your foot’s sole. Rub it evenly into your skin but see to it that a tiny portion is left unabsorbed. Repeat the same procedure with your other foot’s sole. Don’t worry if there is an excess Vick's Vap-O-Rub on your finger. You can consider applying the excess Vick's Vap-O-Rub on the your nose’s tip or on your chest. Or, you can just wash your hands with soap and water.
Your next goal is to let your system absorb the Vick's Vap-O-Rub. You can do that by putting back your socks on and keeping it for a few minutes. Once the Vick's Vap-O-Rub begins to take effect, your cough should cease, too. You should also feel a little bit better – perhaps, less congested. You can repeat the whole process after several hours whenever necessary. Note that Vick's Vap-O-Rub can only manage your nagging cough. It your cough has already turn into a legitimate flu or cold, taking another form of remedy becomes logical.
- Water and something sweet. Sip or drink a lot of water throughout the day. It can let your throat stay wet most of the time. It is also better to get a piece of lollipop or hard candy and suck it whenever your throat gets itchy. The lollipop or the hard candy can prevent your throat from feeling irritated.
- A cup of tea. Drinking tea is especially recommended when you about to go to bed and you don’t intend to be bothered by your nagging cough. You should take your tea while it is still warm. You can mix it with honey and lemon if you prefer to add distinct flavor. The tea aids in soothing your throat’s irritated airways. It also helps in suppressing your nagging coup.
If none of the three recommendations listed above improves your condition, you can combine any of them with commercial medications. You can take a cough drop. Prefer the brand that contains benzyl alcohol or lidocaine. Those ingredients contain anesthetic. They can aid in numbing your throat, allowing your nagging cough to calm down. If your cough feels a bit stuffy, a decongestant may be suitable for you. It can help lessen post-nasal drip. And of course, if you have to deal with mucus, purchase an expectorant. It can make your cough quite “productive”. When that happens, the duration of your cough is eventually shortened.