The National Institute of Respiratory Diseases explains that in this winter season, medical consultations for respiratory problems increase by 20%. INER recommend extreme precautions and an increase in the consumption of effective foods to prevent conditions, such as cough.
Specialists explain that an occasional cough is normal and lasts less than three weeks. If it is maintained for more than eight it is chronic and may signal a bigger problem.
If the cough does not disappear after eight weeks, it is necessary to go to the doctor especially when it is accompanied by thick and greenish-yellow phlegm; if there is wheezing, fever over 38 °C, shortness of breath,” the specialists add.
5 effective foods against cough
Giselle Mosnaim, an allergist and immunologist at the University of Rush Medical Center in Chicago, United States, explains that in most cases, people can treat coughs at home.
Some care is hydration, rest, avoiding temperature changes and the consumption of certain foods that strengthen the immune system and protect against viruses that affect lung health.
These foods have a therapeutic value to treat a cough, as they help reduce the severity of symptoms.
It is an effective and safe treatment to relieve excessive cough because it relieves inflammation of the throat due to its antioxidant and antimicrobial effect. A study confirms that children and young people who take a spoonful of honey coughed less often at night, according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
This spice relieves congestion and sore throat caused by the cold. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends preparing an infusion. Add slices of fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam to alleviate this condition.
This food contains allicin and organic sulfur compounds that strengthen the immune system, explains information from the University of Maryland Medical Center. The recommendation is to add a chopped garlic in a glass of hot water, stir and let stand for five minutes and then drink the hot liquid.
Traditionally it has been used to relieve cold, cough and catarrh because it is a very rich source of vitamins and natural sugar. Also, it contains minerals like potassium, sodium, dietary fiber and iron.
Linda B. White, author of The Herbal Drugstore notes that lemon juice provides ascorbic acid or vitamin C that help to expel phlegm from the throat that causes coughing and also strengthens the immune system. The suggestion is to mix a spoonful of lemon juice in hot water. Another option is to inhale the steam from the hot drink to decongest the chest and sinuses.
When to worry about a cough
Specialists at Harvard Medical School detail that although a chronic cough is usually not serious, the warning symptoms require immediate medical attention are:
- Fever, especially if it is high or prolonged
- Cough with blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Weight loss
- Weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite
- Unusual chest pain
- Night sweats
Take care this winter season and try to increase the consumption of these foods that protect you from infections in the respiratory tract. Drink more water, wash your hands frequently, cough up and avoid going out if you have a cough.