A chronic, nagging cough is often a byproduct of acid reflux. Every time acid rises in your throat it can cause a tickle that triggers coughing. There are two approaches to treating the condition, one directed at the acid reflux and the other at the cough.
Lifestyle changes, such as diet, weight loss, and smoking cessation, can go a long way in reducing acid reflux-induced coughing. According to Livestrong.com, eliminating high-fat foods, chocolate and citric acid, and reducing spicy dishes and foods high in sodium, will not only help control your acid reflux but also quell the cough that tends to accompany symptoms.
Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, can help suppress acid reflux-induced cough. Consult your physician. It's usually fine to take antacids to relieve the symptom triggering your cough. If your problem is more chronic, however, BeatAcidReflux.com suggests that you may want to ask about a proton pump inhibitor---known to inhibit acid production---or a bronchodilator to open your throat and relieve your cough. If you are having difficulty breathing because of your reflux-induced cough, inform your physician so you can work toward a solution.
Long-term solutions to reducing acid reflux-induced cough, such as diet and lifestyle changes, are great, but if you are coughing now, you want immediate relief. Instead of reaching for that cough syrup, try honey. According to RevolutionHealth.com, a spoonful of honey, especially Manuka Honey, can work wonders to coat the throat and bring relief. Go a step farther and chop up one brown onion, place it in a jar and coat it with honey. Let the mixture sit overnight and--voila!---instant cough syrup. One tablespoon for children 1-6, and two for those 7 and over, taken as needed.
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