Causes of Coughing
Coughing is a terrible symptom of many different illnesses, and it can be just as obnoxious as its fellow symptoms. The occasional cough due to awkward ingestion of foods or liquids or the inhalation of toxins is completely normal, but there are some coughs that are quite frankly abnormal. A persistent cough indicates some sort of medical problem, which can either be attributed to a serious chronic condition or a temporary ailment. Acute coughs are typical symptoms of regular illnesses that last less than three weeks, but chronic coughs are symptoms of much more serious conditions. If a cough lasts for more than eight weeks, the condition necessitates medical evaluation. Because of these different types of coughs, there are obvious contributing causes that differ in their severity.
What Causes Acute Coughing?
Many common ailments come with a side effect of coughing because of the irritation of the throat. Whether that is due to drainage from sinus issues or some other stimulant, it can trigger fits of coughing. Some of the most widely experienced causes of acute coughing include the following:
- The Common Cold. This viral infection impacts your throat, nose, and upper respiratory tract in a way that causes coughing, congestion, and fatigue. Though it is typically considered harmless, it can be stressful and straining for the body.
- The flu is not known for sparing anyone of its dastardly symptoms, coughing included. It is a viral infection that infects the upper respiratory system, though some strains can cause vomiting and diarrhea as well.
- Whooping Cough. A highly contagious respiratory infection, whooping cough is evidenced by its traditional hacking cough. It can have similar symptoms to the common cold, like runny nose and watery eyes, but its cough and its fever make it a much more serious contender.
What Causes Chronic Coughing?
Sometimes coughing is indicative of a more consistent condition, like COPD and lung cancer. These specific ailments typically only impact smokers, but there are other issues that result in chronic coughing despite healthy life choices.
- This unfortunate predicament occurs when the immune system responds negatively to foreign substances, like pollen or dander or certain foods. Most people do not have allergic reactions to things, but sometimes the immune system’s antibodies think a substance is harmful even when it isn’t.
- Sometimes, people experience the narrowing and swelling of their airways. This tends to come with a lot of extra mucus, and subsequently, it causes a lot of wheezing and coughing.
How to Stop Coughing
There are many remedies to help you stop coughing. The following information is provided to help. Please see a physician if coughing does not improve.
- Always drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can lead to coughing.
- Use a warm herbal tea of honey with turmeric or licorice.
- Warm, steam can help loosen mucus.
- Eucalyptus or peppermint oil in diffuser.
| Vicks VapoRub—the #1-selling branded children’s cough product* appropriate for ages two and up—is a topical cough medicine with vapors. It starts working quickly for adults as well, to relieve cough symptoms, and is not likely to cause drowsiness or jittery side effects when used as directed.
Using Herbal Essential Oils to Stop Coughing
First, herbal medicines do not have to go through the FDA testing. Some herbs, such as comfrey and ephedra, can cause serious harm. Some herbs can interact with prescription or over-the-counter medicines. Please see a physician if coughing worsens or does not improve.
Essential oils are used diluted in herbal teas and diffusers most commonly. Essential oils are naturally occurring compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
Essential Oil Diffusers
Don’t confuse humidifiers with essential oil diffusers. Humidifiers are designed to increase moisture in the air, and as its name implies, to humidify the room or area it covers. Diffusers on the other hand produce a ultra-fine mist or fog with the essential oil by several different means.
Nebulizing diffusers work like a perfume atomizer with air jets blowing across a tube to create a vacuum, which pulls the liquid to the top of the tube and creates a mist.
Ultrasonic diffusers use electronic frequencies to cause a disk placed under the water and oil mixture to vibrate the surface at a rapid rate. This causes the liquid to vaporize in a ultra-fine mist.
Heat diffusers hold pure essential oil in a ceramic cup above a candle flame or heat lamp. The heat vaporizes the oil causing the essential oils to diffuse throughout a room. Too high of heat can break down the chemical compound of the essential oils.