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  • Writer's pictureLinda Brewster

Have that nasty cough that is sticking around for weeks?

The treatment for viral coughs typically focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting the body's natural healing process, as viral infections do not respond to antibiotics. Here are some general recommendations for managing viral coughs:

1.      Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal tea, and clear broths. This helps keep the throat moist and can ease irritation.

2.      Rest: Get adequate rest to allow your body to recover. Avoid overexertion, as this can make symptoms worse.

3.      Humidify the Air: Using a humidifier in your room can add moisture to the air, helping to soothe a dry or irritated throat.

4.      Gargle with Saltwater: Gargling with warm saltwater can help soothe a sore throat and reduce irritation.

5.      Honey: Honey is a natural cough suppressant. You can mix it with warm water or tea to soothe a cough. Note that honey should not be given to infants under one year of age.

6.      Over-the-Counter Cough Medications: Over-the-counter cough syrups or lozenges may provide temporary relief. Choose products that match your specific symptoms and follow the recommended dosage.

7.      Use a Cough Drop or Hard Candy: Sucking on a cough drop or hard candy can help ease throat irritation and reduce coughing.

8.      Avoid Irritants: Avoid smoke and other irritants that can worsen cough symptoms. This includes tobacco smoke and exposure to strong odors or pollutants.

9.      Pain Relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help reduce fever and alleviate body aches associated with viral infections.

It's important to note that if your symptoms persist, worsen, or if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, or other severe symptoms, you should seek medical attention promptly. Additionally, consult with a healthcare professional before using any medication, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking other medications.

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