• Dr. Jay Pennock

How to treat a cough


A cough can be caused by many things. Below are a few of them:

  • Infections

  • Viral

  • Bacterial

  • Irritation

  • Inhaled objects/dust

  • Post-nasal drip

  • Esophageal reflux

  • Tobacco

  • Allergic

  • Inhalants

  • Pollen

  • Fumes

  • Ingested

  • Nuts, etc.

  • Auto-immune

  • Asthma

  • COPD

  • Medication reactions

  • ACE Inhibitors are a classic

As a place of comprehensive wellness, Navigator focuses on finding the underlying cause of your cough and addressing this as well as appropriately treating the symptoms. Since the overwhelming etiology of bronchitis is viral infection, it is important to NOT take antibiotics until absolutely necessary. Call or come see me EARLY so that we can alter the course of your illness and avoid stormy weather.

Here are my recommendations for a healthy way to reduce your symptoms of coughing:

  • Honey

  • My preference is a local honey as a lot of cough is due to allergens in our air. Local bees will process the flowers and pollen and allergens in such a way that their honey allows us to create immunity to them.

  • It is as effective in studies as OTC Dextromethorphan

  • Various teas

  • Honey and Lemon

  • Black pepper and honey

  • Marshmallow (not that kind!) tea

  • Root and flowers of the Althaea officinalis

  • Also, comes in a capsule form

  • Thyme

  • Flavonoids relax muscles in bronchioles and lessen inflammation

  • Licorice root

  • Contains Glycyrrhizin which is decreases inflammation

  • Avoid if on steroids or have kidney problems

  • Ginger tea

  • Gargle with salted water

  • Peppermint

  • Tea as above

  • Peppermint oil in steaming cup of water and inhale slowly

  • Bromelain

  • Pineapple fruit or juice

  • Supplements available

  • Avoid if on blood thinners

  • May increase antibiotics concentrations, but we DON’T want to be on antibiotics anyway!

  • Steam therapy – mix these oils into a hot bowl of water and stir and then inhale the vapors

  • Tea tree oil

  • Eucalyptus oil

  • Stay hydrated

  • When you are sick and have a fever you breathe more rapidly.

  • With each breath, you lose water vapor

  • Each time you cough or sneeze, this is exacerbated

  • Increasing your fluids will keep the mucus loose and easier to expectorate

  • Pro-biotics

  • Lactobacillus helps to loosen mucus, but avoid milk as it makes it worse

  • Helps to keep the gut flora healthy and boost your immunity

  • Please refer to my other healthy tips in Navigation Aids


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