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Chronic Coughing and Salt Therapy

Coughing isn’t the most pleasant experience. Think of listening to a lecture or presentation. Suddenly, you have a serious urge to cough. It can get embarrassing and many of you will probably have the urge to leave the room so you can cough away from prying eyes. In times like today, people may feel even more insecure about coughing. However, coughing does have a purpose.  Your body trying to get rid of unwanted things from your lungs. It’s a normal side effect to illnesses as well. However, there is such thing as problematic coughing. The term is chronic coughing. Chronic coughing is a condition that shouldn’t be untreated. Salt therapy is a natural treatment that can substantially help symptoms of chronic coughing.

What is Chronic Coughing?

What is Chronic Coughing?

Chronic cough is one that lasts over 8 weeks.

Believe it or not, there’s different types of coughs. Chronic coughing is the most serious type of coughing. By definition, a chronic cough is one that lasts over 8 weeks. Your body is telling you something is wrong. Hence, it’s important that when you do have a chronic cough you seek medical attention. There could be many potential sources for chronic coughing. For example, you could have something at home consistently irritating your nose and airways. In turn, allergies develop. You’re left with a chronic cough. Other underlying conditions can be more serious. Conditions such as asthma, pneumonia and COPD are serious lung diseases. Hence, as a side effect you’ll be coughing a lot if you end up having either condition.  In some cases, chronic coughing can be caused by more serious diseases. For example, tuberculosis and cancer. It’s important to note that cases like this are extremely rare. However, make sure to see a medical professional if you find yourself suffering from a chronic cough!

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Chronic Coughing Treatment

The first step to treating anything is to find out the cause behind it. First, you’ll most likely answer questions  about your medical history to rule out anything regarding a genetic implication from  family. Next, lung function tests may done. Additionally, you may get a referral for a breathing specialist. Once your doctor is aware of the cause, you’ll receive the appropriate treatment. Most of time, there will be effective treatments for your cough. The earlier you get help, the easier it will be to treat your cough.

Your treatment depends on the underlying reason for your cough. For example, you may be coughing because of your asthma condition. Therefore, you’ll be prescribed medication for your asthma.  This in turn should help with suppressing your cough.  If smoking is your reason for coughing, you’ll be given help to quit. Generally, over the counter cough medicine isn’t recommended. Neither are decongestants and antihistamines. This is because they’re not as effective as you would like to believe. Additionally, you could experience side effects the make your cough even worse than before! That’s not what we want! Coughs tend to go away on their own. If they don’t, chances are your cough is a symptom of another illness. One very popular treatment that is helping coughs subside, naturally, without side effects is salt therapy!

Salt Therapy Treating Chronic Coughing

Historically, medicine hasn’t been around for very long. Lots of people back in the day used herbal and natural remedies to cure themselves of illnesses. For example, ancient Europeans used to treat respiratory infections and coughing by visiting salt caves. Breathing in this salty air in turn led to the treatment we call salt therapy today. Salt therapy is a treatment that involves the breathing of small salt particles. You won’t even notice breathing them in! The salt particles will travel along into your respiratory system. The salt will attract water to the lining of your airways. In turn, all the hard to expel mucus will liquefy and make it easy to cough or sneeze out. Furthermore, salt therapy reduces inflammation. With less irritated airways, you’ll find yourself coughing less and less. That’s not even the best part!

As we previously mentioned, chronic coughing can sometimes be the cause of respiratory illness like asthma. Salt therapy can help in treating asthma and other respiratory problems! The lingering symptoms and cough of pneumonia are well treated with salt therapy. Furthermore, partaking in salt therapy guarantees you a happy and healthy lifestyle. Salt therapy will boost your immunity, overall helping your body function to its best standard. You’ll be sleeping better, breathing better, and functioning better.

Salt therapy can provide numerous benefits if you give it the chance to. This non-invasive and natural treatment will change your life for the better. Furthermore, this treatment can be done from the comfort of your own home. With the easy purchase of a salt machine, you can enjoy all the perks without ever having to step foot outside your door. Try salt therapy and let yourself see the wonders of it!

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Understanding Respiratory Allergies – Diagnose and Treatment

How are Allergies Diagnosed?

A respiratory allergy can start with a common stuffy nose and eventually progress in time to coughing and difficult breathing.

When visiting a doctor, you will get a series of questions to identify the cause. You would be asked about your exposure and reaction to different allergens, personal and family full medical history to identify allergies that may run in your family and exclude other disorders with similar symptoms.  The doctor may ask you to pay close attention for a period of time to possible allergenic factors and reactions.

The doctor will choose a testing method, most common an allergic skin test. This is done on allergenic groups, such as : food allergies, insect sting, dust/mites, moulds-family, common drugs (penicillin-family antibiotics, etc).  A small amount of allergenic substance is scratched on the skin, and after half an hour the doctor looks for a reaction – swelling, itchiness and redness at the site of scratch. That indicates an allergic reaction to the specific allergen scratched on the skin. The doctor may also ask for blood test to look for specific blood markers, such as IgE antibodies associated with allergic reaction.

Before the skin test, the doctor may measure the lung functions and repeat this after inhaling an anti-inflammatory drug, to determine the presence of an inflammatory reaction in the respiratory system.

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What are the Treatments for Allergies?

The most effective treatment for allergies is to avoid the allergenic triggers. This can be difficult sometimes because some of them cannot be avoided (such as outside mould found all year around in the air) or are not clearly identified.

The most common medications for allergies are antihistamines which block the body overreaction to allergens. In severe allergic reactions, anti-inflammatory steroids are usually prescribed and in emergency situations, epinephrine injections (epi-pen) are used to bring quick relief and restore normal breathing.

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The allergic reactions can manifest as skin allergies, respiratory allergies or even other body general symptoms, such as diarrhea, headaches, etc.

Skin allergies are known as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis.  They are treated usually topical, with hydro-cortisone or other anti-inflammatory steroid, or sometimes orally.

Respiratory allergies can manifest in different ways. Sometimes the symptoms are localized only in the upper respiratory system, mostly nasal passages, but they can progress with time and affect the lung functions as well. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis, when the nasal passages are affected, is usually treated with nasal corticosteroid spray on long term.

When the lung functions are affected as a result of allergens, allergic asthma is diagnosed. The symptoms here include: coughing, difficult breathing or shortness of breath, low oxygen level in the blood, as a result of allergic inflammation on the respiratory system.  Read more here about types of  asthma and treatment.

For food, insect stings and drug allergies the best treatment is to avoid the food and drugs that cause an allergic reaction. If the reaction is not strong the doctor may prescribe antihistamines or topical creams to relieve the itchiness and slow down the reaction.  In severe reactions the doctor will prescribe epinephrine injections to prevent an anaphylactic shock.