Coughing is a frequent symptom of people who have a cold or the flu. Most coughs will go improve after a week or so and won’t cause any long-term effects. However, a cough can sometimes be a sign of a serious illness, like pneumonia.
If your cough lasts more than ten days, call your doctor. It’s also important to seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms along with a cough:
- Coughing up thick mucus that is green, yellow, pink, or bloody
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- A fever of more than 100 degrees F
- A cough that makes it difficult to talk
- Chest pain
There are some home care remedies that can help ease your cough and dry throat. If you have a cough, try:
- Using cough drops
- Putting honey in tea or eat a spoonful of honey by itself (do not give honey to children under one year of age)
- Taking a steamy shower or using a vaporizer to add moisture to the air
- Drinking lots of fluids, especially warm, clear fluids like broth or tea
If you have a cough, don’t smoke and stay away from people who smoke.