Coughing is a natural reflex our respiratory system has and should be primarily considered as one of the defense mechanisms of our body to save us from the toxic or damaging effects of respirable particles or chemicals, coming in the way of the respiratory tract.
However, coughing happens quite frequently and one wants to get rid of it as early as possible. To get rid of a disturbing cough, one should find its cause. If the cough is persistent and is followed by weakness, mild fever, low appetite, lethargy, etc., then the possibility of tuberculosis should be ruled out after consulting with a general physician.
If the cough is of short duration and associated with fever, throat pain, etc., the possibility of tonsils, pharynx, or larynx related infections or inflammations should be checked.
Seasonal cough is something which is experienced by many due to climatic changes and change in the quality of air.
4 ways to cure a seasonal cough
1. Cough can be dry or wet or mixed and medications may be prescribed accordingly. Nebulization is a method of taking liquid medicine in its mist form (vapor-like form) which reaches deeper structures of the airway and is very helpful and popular, especially in children.
2. Steam inhalation is also helpful. Steam has 480 calories/gm heat, which is sufficient enough to kill surface microbes and its condensation liquefies thick, sticky secretions which can then be easily expelled from the body.
3. Hot milk with a pinch of haldi (if sugar is added, it is more palatable) is a good remedy and can be followed 2 times a day. Ginger tea is also helpful.
4. It is advisable to stop smoking if one has a seasonal cough.
In conclusion, it is always better to seek medical advice in case you have a persistent cough due to seasonal changes.