A lingering cough after a cold or flu can be attributed to a variety of factors. First and foremost, the respiratory tract can remain irritated and inflamed even after the primary infection has subsided. This ongoing inflammation often triggers the cough reflex as the body attempts to clear mucus and irritants from the airways. In some cases, a secondary bacterial infection may develop, further perpetuating the cough. Postnasal drip, where mucus from the nasal passages drips down the throat, can also stimulate a persistent cough. Additionally, the initial infection can leave the airways more sensitive, making them prone to reacting to environmental irritants such as allergens or pollutants, leading to prolonged coughing.
Getting rid of a cough through natural remedies can be both effective and gentle on the body. Hydration is crucial; drinking plenty of warm fluids like herbal teas, honey and lemon water, or clear broths can help soothe an irritated throat and thin mucus. Honey, in particular, has proven to be a natural cough suppressant due to its soothing properties. Humidifying the air in your environment, either with a humidifier or a steamy shower, can ease throat irritation and congestion. Gargling with warm saltwater can provide relief by reducing inflammation. Herbal remedies, such as ginger or peppermint tea, may also help alleviate cough symptoms.