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How to stop coughing after a cold

Updated April 17, 2017

Sometimes a cough can last for weeks after you have a cold. Coughing is one of the ways that your body protects your lungs and throat, but a persistent cough can quickly become irritating. Airways are extra sensitive after a cold, which means that something as simple as dust can trigger a coughing fit. While a cough will go away on its own after a cold, waiting can be frustrating. There are many home remedies and over-the-counter medications available to treat a cough.

Drink herbal tea sweetened with honey. Fluids, warm beverages and honey are all helpful in getting rid of a cough. Sip tea throughout the day or keep a water bottle nearby.

Inhale steam. Boiling water and carefully inhaling the steam will help reduce your coughing. Try adding eucalyptus leaves to the water for additional relief.

Put an air purifier in your room. Because your airways are especially sensitive, protecting them from irritants will help get rid of your cough faster. Purchase an air purifier with a HEPA filter for the strongest relief.

Purchase a cough suppressant made with dextromethorphan. It is important to check the label for this ingredient, which inhibits the cough reflex.

Suck on throat lozenges to temporarily relieve the problem. Try lozenges made with lemon or ginger root, both of which help relieve coughing.

Warning

Speak to your doctor if your chest feels heavy or congested in addition to the cough.

Things You'll Need

  • Air purifier
  • Herbal tea
  • Throat lozenges
  • Cough suppressant
  • Eucalyptus leaves
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About the Author

Kimberly A. Smith has been a freelance writer for two years. She graduated from the University of California at Davis and the California Culinary Academy, then pursued a career baking wedding cakes. During her time at CCA, she received certification in nutrition and food safety. She currently attends the University of Oregon School of Law.