A cough is not always the most common symptom of a cold, but it can be a huge problem for many. Why can a cough develop when you have a cold, and what home, herbal and conventional remedies are available?
A dry, tickly cough, on the other hand is generally caused by an irritation in the throat. This is why people who get a sore throat tend to develop a dry cough afterwards, as some irritation is left in the throat. These types of cough can often last for weeks after the initial infection has gone.
There are a few things you can do from home to ease your cough, mostly using ingredients you’re likely to already have lying around!
Honey and lemon is a really common one, and this is perfect for a dry, tickly cough that’s caused by an irritated throat. This is because the honey is really soothing and leaves a moisturising, protective layer behind to ease irritation in the throat.
A steam bath is also a great choice to hydrate the airways and loosen congestion. Just fill a bowl with hot, steaming water, add a few drops of essential oil such as our Po-Ho oil and gently breathe the steam in.
To ease your overall symptoms and support your immune system in fighting the infection, we recommend Echinaforce. This remedy is made from fresh Echinacea and helps for both bacterial and viral infections. It’s available as a liquid for fast absorption or tablets for convenience!
For the cough itself, we have three different products:
There are a number of effective cough syrups and cough sprays that you can use for your cough. These will be available at your local supermarket, pharmacy or health store. These can be much stronger than herbal versions, so check to see if they are drowsy or non-drowsy, have any contraindications with other medicines, and how many days in a row you can take them for.
If you develop any additional symptoms such as wheezing or fever, make an appointment with your GP to make sure your cough hasn’t progressed to a chest infection or pneumonia. For this you may need antibiotics or antivirals.
If your cough is persistent and doesn’t go away after a few weeks then you should also consult your GP to rule out any underlying problems like allergies or asthma.
Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against colds and flu by supporting the immune system – but not all Echinacea is the same! Research shows that the fresher the herb, the more effective the remedy will be, which is why our Echinaforce cold and flu remedies are made using freshly harvested Echinacea.