This website is intended to possibly help others just by telling my story but does not constitute the answer of an ailment. Always seek medical advice from your primary care physician.
A persistent cough could be the sign of something serious, so
always consult your primary care physician or your child’s pediatrician.
But it could be simply due to mucus that has become stuck that just needs to be flushed out. For me, the cough seems to rear its ugly head at night while I'm sleeping because of the drainage. It usually wakes me up. Once awake, I force myself up to clear my sinuses.
Catch Your Cough Early
For us, the root of our unwanted coughs are mainly due to mucus that has built up in our sinuses and slowly drips down into our throats hence post nasal drip.
A persistent cough can be a thing of the past especially if it is noticed early on or you could possibly find yourself suffering from stomach pain due to all the mucus that has accumulated in your stomach.
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Get rid of your nagging cough by:
Once all of the mucus has been blown out, the tickle along with the cough should go away.
If mucus does not come out, it is most likely that the mucus is hanging out in the sinuses waiting for an infection (sinus or ear) to set in. In this case, you will need to use a nasal irrigation method which is a great natural treatment:
Using the neti pot or saline spray loosens mucus.
Once the neti pot or saline has been used, I attempt to blow out the mucus again. Excess mucus should then come out, which will then clear up the irritating persistent cough. If not, I repeat with the neti pot.
Our 8 and 5 year old have their own neti pots and also uses saline and Xylitol spray.
At night if the cough persists, I rub Vicks VapoRub on their chests and throats to help loosen up the mucus.
If you don't blow your nose, the mucus can over time back up into your sinuses causing sinus and ear infections, pink eye or worse.
If you or child is constantly sucking up mucus--STOP and start blowing your nose.
You may just find that this works!
If so, this is your body's way of getting rid of excess mucus. The body finds a way to get rid of anything excess including mucus.
The Effect of Excess Mucus:
Mucus constantly sucked up > drains into throat (post nasal drip) > triggers tickle and cough > sore throat > drains into stomach > causes stomach gas and pain..ugh!
Excess mucus production could be the sign of allergies. Think about visiting an allergist to have a skin or food allergy blood test completed.
At one time, I would always develop a cough. First it would start off as head congestion, post nasal drip, then develop into a cough following a sore throat.
The reasoning behind all of the congestion was because of my allergies. Allergies I was unaware I had.
Think about going to an allergist to have food allergy blood test or skin test completed to determine why you are experiencing excess mucus production. It could resolve a ton of issues!
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