How to care for a sore throat and stubborn cough

July 21, 2014

Suggestions on how to relieve a sore throat and cough in just a few simple steps.
Viral or bacterial?

80% of coughs and sore throatsare linkedto a virus, and a virus cannot be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, you have to let it run its course as your antibodies fend off the illness.

Step One: Knowing when to see a doctor

When medical attentionis recommended

  • Persistent high fever (more than 38.5 ° C) in spite of taking acetaminophen
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Dehydration

If you’re unsure about whether you should go to a clinic, call your pharmacist for help or call the public health services center in your area.

Whether you’re taking an antibiotic or not, there are ways to relieve your symptoms.

Step Two: Home remedies

Relax as much as possible to help your body fight the cold or the flu. Here's what you can do to sooth your throat and cough:

Drugs and pharmaceuticals

  • Antibacterial tablets (garlic etc.)
  • Anesthetic throat spray
  • Inhalers
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Cough suppression syrup withdextromethorphan(DM)

Natural products

  • Honey in hot water
  • Thyme or sage herb tea
  • Licorice root candies
  • Cinnamon spice
  • Boiling an onion and drinking the water


  • BryonaAlba
  • Belladona
  • Aconitumnapellus
  • MercuriusSolubilis
  • AntimoniumTartaricum
  • SpongiaTosta
  • Drosera

When using homeopathy, be aware there are potential side effects just like any other medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist and follow the recommended dosage.

Some health professionals compare the effect of homeopathy with placebos (it works if you believe it does).

A few things you can do

  • Gargle with salt water.
  • Apply medicated ointment likeVicksVapoRubto the chest and throat.
  • Apply a clay poultice on the throat to draw out toxins.
  • Install a humidifier in your room for greater comfort.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Sleep and rest as much as possible.

Third step: An ounce of prevention

Now that your throat feels better and your cough has disappeared, here's what can do to prevent future illness:

  • Regular, uninterrupted sleep;
  • A nutritious diet rich in vitamins;
  • Lower stress levels;
  • Frequent hand washing (several times per day);
  • Avoid friendly kisses “hello” by introducing a more reserved greeting from a safe distance;
  • Flu vaccinesare recommendedfor people with fragile health.

There is no miracle cure for a stubborn cough and sore throat, but practising self-care willbetter equip you for a healthier outcome.

How to care for a sore throat and stubborn cough
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