After being sick with the flu or chest infection, for example, some patients may experience a persistent cough that lasts beyond other symptoms of the original illness.
Here are some hints and tips to help ease a bad cough:
The main goal is to help prevent irritation of the airways which leads to coughing.
- Stay hydrated
- Hot lemon and honey drinks
- Steam showers
- Avoiding irritants e.g. perfumes, dust, aerosols
**if you have a productive cough (i.e. coughing up phlegm) it is not advised to use cough suppressants**
A cough can last up to 3 weeks after all other symptoms have resolved. If your cough is persisting longer than 3 weeks it is time to make an appointment with your doctor.
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- Addison B, Brown A, Edwards R and Gray G (2012). Minor Illness or Major Disease. 5th ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press. P47-58.