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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.  

How To Clear Up Your Persistent Cough

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.

A Neti Pot May Help With Your Cough (Image Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitialPhotos.net)

Image Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Remedy Your Persistent Cough

Get rid of your nagging cough by:

  • Treating it as soon as you notice that you or child has a cough
  • Blow your nose or your child's nose to expel mucus

Once all of the mucus has been blown out, the tickle along with the cough should go away.

If mucus does not come outit 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:

Always use bottled water--never faucet water and absolutely never share your neti. got it, good! 

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.  

Other Natural Treatments We Use

  • Honey is always good, it helps soothes the throat.  The kiddos love it! (Never give honey to infants under 1)
  • Green Tea with Honey---My favorite! 
  • Lemon and Honey 
  • Anti-Imflammatory called OPC-3 instead of medicine.  It's so much better for the body instead of reaching for cough medicine. This has helped us tremendously with managing the inflammation aka mucus that stems from allergies.  
  • We love Ultimate Aloe, it help soothes the throat as well as the digestive tract.
  • I tend to also sip on Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with hot water and honey.  I know, don't cringe.   I actually love it and it helps stops that ugh feeling in its tracks.  


If You Blow Your Nose, It May Clear Your Cough

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! 

Are You Coughing Up Mucus?

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. 


Why Your Cough May Continue To Come Back?

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! 




About Me

I am a mom of two and wife who looks for natural options and who knows a thing or two about the neti pot.  I love mine and can't imagine life without it.  Sounds funny, huh? But so true!! Read more about me..

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