There are three phases to a cough reflex:
- An inhalation (breathing in)
- An increased pressure in the throat and lungs with the vocal cords closed
- An explosive release of air when the vocal cords open, giving a cough its characteristic sound
Coughs can be due to pollution/irritation, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), choking, chronic bronchitis, asthma or emphysema, a tumor in the lung, heart failure, some drugs (e.g. ACE inhibitors), post-nasal drip, and smoking.
The majority of coughs are caused by viruses and clear up without treatment.
Causes of acute (short-term) a cough - in most cases, the infection is in the upper respiratory tract and affects the throat, this is known as a URTI/URI (upper respiratory tract infection). Examples include flu, the common cold, and laryngitis.
If it is an LRTI (lower respiratory tract infection), the lungs are infected, and/or the airways lower down from the throat (windpipe). Examples include bronchitis and pneumonia.
An acute cough can also be caused by hay fever.
Causes of chronic (long-term) a cough - a chronic cough may be caused by smoking, mucus dripping down the throat from the back of the nose (nasal drip), GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), asthma, and some medications (e.g. ACE-inhibitors).
Chronic coughs in children are most often caused by asthma, but can also be from conditions like GERD.
Less common causes of a chronic cough in adults include TB tuberculosis, fungal infections of the lung, and lung cancer.
A chronic cough can occur with other signs and symptoms, which may include:
- A runny or stuffy nose
- A feeling of liquid running down the back of your throat (postnasal drip)
- Frequent throat clearing and sore throat
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Heartburn or a sour taste in your mouth
- In rare cases, coughing up blood
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15ml of ACV with Honey mixed with a glassful of water should be taken 20-30 mins before meals, or when the irritation occurs. Inhaling ACV + water steam can give instant relief by destroying mucus.
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Dosage: 2 capsules early morning & evening empty stomach. Drink 1 glass of water after it.