A scratchy throat or persistent cough can cause a fair amount of discomfort. Both also happen to be symptoms of the common cold.
Try these: You already know that drinking plenty of water and sucking on a lozenge provide relief from a sore throat, but did you know that gargling warm salt water may also help to reduce some of the swelling? Add half a teaspoon of salt to a full glass (240ml) and gargle up to 3 times a day.
For a bad cough, try eating a slice of pineapple or drinking 100ml of fresh pineapple juice three times a day. The fruit contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is thought to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus in your throat. Who knew?
When to see a doctor? A sore throat or cough is usually a symptom of a mild condition, such as the common cold or hay fever. However, it can occasionally signify a more serious lung condition, such as pneumonia or asthma.
If your sore throat or cough persists for more than a week, or it is accompanied by a fever or swollen tonsils, consult a doctor.
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