Wednesday, 22 October 2014


I developed a cough 5 days into my malaria treatment  and the cough was terrible in the night, affecting my sleep .You know that kind of cough that comes on suddenly as a reaction to an irritation on your throat.I was not coughing out anything but the actual act and sound of the cough  was very embarrassing.I remember that I was in church and the irritation in my throat started and I could not help the reflex action of coughing.The woman that was sitting next to me in the pews shifted further away from me.I really did not blame her probable I would have done the same thing if I were in her shoes.That is to let you know how irritated people around you get when you cough severally.
I decided to google and find out whatever new thing I could do to calm the cough naturally.First I had to find out if it was a side effect of the co-arinate I had taken and in my search, I discovered that unproductive cough was one of the symptoms of malaria infection ( can also be caused byallergies, dry air, a random tickle at the back of your throat that won’t go away, the aftermath of a cold, being in a dusty environment, etc. etc. For these we turn to demulcents, ingredients that soothe irritated mucous membranes and remove the irritant triggering the cough. Studies conducted in 2004 found that the main ingredients in cough syrup (dextromethorphan and diphenhydramine) have the same effectiveness in treating coughs as a placebo ingredient. Instead of turning to chemical solutions I decided to, try some home remedies instead. They are not only better for you, but they taste a whole lot better than most cough syrup too! here below are some of the remedies I tried
1. A Spoonful of Honey
Studies, such as one conducted at Penn State College of Medicine, have found that honey can work more efficiently to calm a cough than over-the-counter drugs. It is a rich demulcent, with a high viscosity and stickiness that does an incredible job of coating and soothing those irritated mucous membranes. Thanks to an enzyme added by bees when they harvest honey, it also has antibacterial properties as well, which may help shorten how long you have the cough if it is due to bacterial illness
Note: This is an excellent alternative remedy for both kids and adults, but should never be given to children under the age of 2 years due to the risk of botulism.
You will need…
-1 tablespoon of organic, raw, honey
Take 1 tablespoon of honey 1-3 times daily as needed to control coughing. Take immediately before bed if cough is disrupting your sleep. For children, you can adjust the dosing to 1 teaspoon up to one tablespoon.
 Gargle Salt Water
Also a popular remedy for sore throats, salt water can ease the discomfort caused by a cough the same way it helps a sore throat-through osmosis. When the concentration of salt is higher outside of the cells in your mucous membranes, water flows out of the cells to balance everything out. When water leaves the cells, swelling goes down, and discomfort is decreased. If you have a cough that happens to come along with inflamed tissue, this is a good route to take. It can also help dislodge any phlegm that’s hanging out and allow you to expel it easily.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon of salt
-8 ounces of warm water
Stir salt into water until it is thoroughly dissolved. Gargle for 15 seconds, spit, and repeat with the remaining water. Rinse with plain water afterwards.
In my next posting, I will continue with more natural tips for calming an irritating cough.

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