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How to Stop Coughing Without Medicine

author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
How to Stop Coughing Without Medicine
Stop a cough without suppressant medications.

If you have a persistent cough, you may feel tempted to head to the pharmacy and pick up a cough suppressant medication. Cough suppressants contain ingredients to stop you from coughing but rarely treat the underlying cause. Cough medications are typically not recommended for children under 4 and can cause side effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness and stomach upset. You can use natural remedies to get rid of your cough at home. However, if your cough does not clear up within a few weeks, contact a medical professional for advice.

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Step 1

Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids help break up phlegm and relieve a cough naturally without the need for suppressants. Cold and hot beverages can be soothing. Some examples are chilled juice, ice water and hot tea. Adding some honey to the tea can help expel mucus as well.

Step 2

Run a hot shower with the door closed. Sit or stand in the steam-filled room to help you naturally remedy your cough. Expose yourself to steam for a minimum of 20 minutes, according to KidsHealth.

Step 3

Elevate your head when you sleep. Drain fluid away from your head by using an extra pillow or raising the headboard of your bed.

Step 4

Run a cool mist humidifier in your room. Oftentimes, coughs are worse at night and can make sleep difficult. A cool mist humidifier that uses cold water to operate can break up congestion to relieve your cough. Add a couple drops of eucalyptus oil to the humidifier to help you breathe easier.

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