Most cases of whooping cough are caused by a viral infection. Due to the changing weather and the reduced immunity of the body, first a cold and then a cough occur. Coughing is a reflex activity to clear the airways of discomfort caused by mucus and dust. It is serious in very few cases. A cough that lasts for several weeks with blood in the sputum becomes a bloody cough.
When there is irritation in the throat or airways, the body’s way of responding is by coughing. This irritated nerves that send messages to the brain. The brain tells the muscles of the chest and abdomen to expel air from the lungs so as not to cause irritation.
Coughs are classified into two types.
(1) Dry cough
(2) cough with mucus
(1) Dry cough-There is a sound in the chest while coughing. There is a feeling of pain in the chest. A dry cough often results in an inability to sleep at night. The cough is so severe that it often interrupts sleep. A cough causes chest pain and throat irritation. No thick mucus comes out in a dry cough.
(2) Cough with mucus– In this, phlegm accumulates in the air passages and thick mucus also comes out along with the cough.
Most cases of cough are due to viral infections and usually get cured by taking medicines.
The upper respiratory tract becomes infected due to an infection that affects the throat or sinuses, such as the common cold, flu, or whooping cough.
The respiratory tract becomes infected due to infection that affects the lungs or lower air passages, such as pneumonia fever. Most people who suffer from whooping cough have a respiratory tract infection caused by a virus.
If you have a very dry cough, then you can take honey and Pipli together.
Lick ginger juice mixed with honey.
Make a decoction of black pepper, clove, and ginger and drink it. It is very beneficial in cough.
When you have a cough, avoid drinking cold things and cold water. It will give great relief from cough.
Mix one spoon of honey, half a spoon of liquorice powder, and one spoon of ginger juice and consume it before sleeping at night. They have many medicinal properties, which can cure problems like sore throats, dry coughs, and coughs with mucus in a few days. All these also strengthen our immunity.
A cough that persists for more than a week or a persistent cough can be a cause for concern. A cough that is caused by a viral infection usually gets better after your immune system fights off the virus. But if your cough persists for a long time, then you should contact the doctor, because sometimes a cough can also be the cause of some major diseases like tuberculosis.
If your cough is not getting better with home remedies, then you can take Ayurvedic or allopathic medicine with the advice of a doctor.