Oily or dry cough: differences and natural remedies

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What is the difference between oily or dry cough? Should we intervene in a different way? What are the possible natural remedies for the different type of cough?

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Cough, oily or dry that is, in the winter months or in the changes of seasons when our immune defenses tend to lower, it returns to peep out and represents one of the most annoying ailments of colds and flu. But what is the difference between oily or dry cough? Should we intervene in a different way? What are the possible natural remedies for the different type of cough?





First of all, it should be noted that cough is an important defense of our body, is the means by which the body tries to free itself from foreign agents or excessive mucus. The mechanism that makes us cough is activated in the moment in which respiratory tracts are inflamed, the problem can originate in various places: trachea, larynx, pharynx or bronchi. Obviously it is important, with the help of the doctor, identify the cause of the problem to intervene in the best possible way.

With dry cough a cold or flu often begins. There is a tingling in the throat, tickling and the cough tends to be irritating without escaping mucus. The causes can be many: allergies to pollen and dust, irritation due to smoke or dry environments but also the presence of bacteria or viruses. Frequently this type of cough originates from the irritated trachea.

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La oily cough it is characterized instead by the presence of cold (for this reason it is also defined as productive). It is immediately recognizable because the sound emitted by coughing is different, deeper and lower than the one that produces a dry cough and also tends to move excess mucus from the airways to the mouth.

Sometimes it can happen that a dry cough turns into a fat cough within a day or two and that the situation worsens especially at night. The lying position in fact promotes coughing and it may therefore be useful to raise the pillow a little in order to facilitate breathing.

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NATURAL REMEDIES DRY COUGH

Especially if caught early, the cough can be coped with some effective natural remedies. These are infusions, syrups or other medicinal herbal products that we can use when needed.


In case of dry cough excellent remedies are the ones they tend to soothe inflammation by softening the mucous membranes:

Honey syrup

To prepare the honey syrup, heat the juice of one lemon in a saucepan and pour it into a bowl by adding a tablespoon of sunflower oil and half a glass of honey. Mix well and pour into a glass jar to keep in the fridge. Take some one or two teaspoons as needed.

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Mallow herbal tea

In case of cough you can prepare one mallow herbal tea to drink after leaving to infuse for about 10-15 minutes 1 teaspoon of flowers and leaves for each cup of boiling water used. This remedy is in actually recommended even in case of a fat cough given the expectorant properties of this plant.

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Licorice

Licorice is a plant with a soothing and anti-inflammatory action and can help soothe the discomfort due to dry cough. It can take in the form of herbal tea, always associated with a little honey, or take it pure in the form of candy.

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NATURAL REMEDIES FOR FATTY COUGH

In case of a fat cough, natural expectorant remedies are to be preferred, that is, those that favor the fluidization of the mucus and therefore an easier expulsion:


Thyme infusion

Get some dried thyme, boil 250 ml of water and pour everything into a cup, letting the infusion rest for about 15 minutes. At this point filter and drink.


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Suffumigi with eucalyptus essential oil

The fumigations are indicated in case of cough as they allow to reach the respiratory tract easily and more deeply, humidifying them and allowing the mucus to be expelled better. An essential oil particularly suitable for this purpose is that of eucalyptus, 3 or 4 drops dissolved in a spoonful of bicarbonate are enough to pour a saucepan of boiling water.

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Horehound syrup

A good natural cough remedy is horehound. To obtain a syrup based on this plant it is necessary mix the infusion, obtained with 1 tablespoon of dried leaves left to rest for ten minutes in a cup of boiling water, with half a glass of honey. You can take 4 teaspoons a day, 1 every 4 hours.

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