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Home remedies for cough in adults

You can try the following home remedies to ease your cough17

  • Using a cool mist humidifier or steam vaporizer1
  • Drinking enough fluids (water, soup and juice) to relieve irritated throat and loosen mucus1
  • Using honey and lemon9

These home remedies for cough can help lessen your discomfort. However, if your cough persists for a long time, it needs to be investigated by your doctor18.

Below are the medications often recommended by doctors for the initial treatment of cough17.

Medication What it does
Nasal decongestant Unclogs a stuffy nose20
Cough Suppressant Quiets down a cough20
Expectorant Loosens the mucus so
you can cough it up20
Mucolytic Decreases viscosity or
thickness of the mucus for
easier coughing19
Antihistamine Stops runny noses and
sneezing20