If you are the one who is coughing odds are you are sitting alone. A cough can mean many things from clearing one’s throat before speaking to an irritating tickle to the chronic coughing of COPD. The bark reaction is designed to clear the airway and can be initiated by just a tingle to the need to get copious amounts of mucus out of the airway.
When you develop a cough first consider where it is originating, is it a superficial annoyance from the nasal cavity or from deep down in the bronchial tree.
As one who suffers from post-nasal drip with a constant tickle in my nose, caused by my sinuses draining, the discomfit can be annoying and embarrassing as I usually have a tissue in my sleeve. The term post-nasal drip can also be a tickly cough. It is the attempt by your body to get airborne agents such as pollens, or food allergens, out of your system. These irritants cause excessive amounts of mucus. If there is inflammation from a virus infection, the drip and the cough can be unrelenting.
If you have a hoarse and gravelly voice often referred to as having a ‘frog in your throat’ your cough is developing from the larynx. The larynx is amazingly well-designed part of the human body. It can create a variety of sounds from a growl to a sopranos ‘high C.’ When the larynx becomes inflamed it produces strange, crowing noises, and the resulting may sound like a seal bark. Laryngitis is due to a virus infection, which is annoying but rarely serious.
Now for the most well-known cough, the one produced by an irritated bronchial tree. The mucus driven infection will have people keeping their distance from you. It makes one cringe to hear great gobs of gunk being coughed up. Yuck. Bronchitis results from the frequent irritation of the lungs, from such things as tobacco smoke, air pollution or other noxious fumes, or allergens, rather than from infection. Inflammation or irritation of the lining of the bronchial tree will result in a deep cough.
Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease better known as COPD is lung damage caused by emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Emphysema hurts the lung’s air sacks, while bronchitis injures the airway tubes. Both problems make it hard for the lungs to take in enough oxygen.
The best prevention for a cough is excellent nutrition. The better the diet, the better your health. One of the best ways to maintain wellness is to include meals with lots of dark green leafy and colorful vegetables and fruits.
To help kick-start your wellness, begin with a good multivitamin. The more natural the ingredients, the more potent the vitamin, leave any bottle with synthetic portions on the shelf. The best way to figure this out is knowing the manufacturer well; labeling is often misleading. Keep this in mind when purchasing any supplement.
Then add Vitamin C, it helps to prevent inflammation and will assist your immune system to rid itself of viruses and bacteria. Ascorbic acid is essential in maintaining and regenerating collagen, the protein that holds together the airways and blood vessels. Recovery and repair of airways from a severe cough will go faster with adequate vitamin C. Your body will tell you when it has reached its limit, too much Vitamin C will result in a loose stool or diarrhea. Merely cutting back on the amount will correct the problem. Zinc often is used alongside Vitamin C, and it tackles the prevention of viral infections and quickens recovery.
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that benefits your overall health and helps prevent inflammation of the bronchial tubes and lungs. The healthier your lungs, the lower the risk of pneumonia. Magnesium also assists in preventing asthma and other severe conditions associated with lung inflammation.
A healthy vitamin regimen and a naturally high fiber diet will stop a cough before it’s able to develop into a sickness.