- Drink lots of water.
- Take cough drops with menthol.
- Sleep on an incline.
- Use a humidifier.
- Use a natural nasal spray.
- Take a big spoonful of honey.
- Take an antacid.
Drink plenty of fluids — or use a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer — to soothe an irritated throat and loosen mucus. Prop your head up on extra pillows at night and have a little honey before bed. Studies show the sweet stuff can help ease a cough. Don’t give honey to children under 12 months, though.
f it’s hard to get the mucus out, or if it’s thick, look for medicine that says “expectorant.” That loosens the gunk to help you get rid of it. If you’re having a post-nasal drip with lots of juicy mucous, you may do better with medicine that dries you up like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine). If you have a cough with fever or shortness of breath call your doctor. Also check with them before you use cough medicine for serious conditions like emphysema, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, or asthma. And don’t give cough and cold medicine to children under 4.
You may get one with a cold or the flu, or if you breathe in something irritating like dust or smoke. Medicine that says “suppressant” helps stop your urge to cough. Plus, it can help you sleep better. Cough drops — or even hard candy — can stop that tickle in the back of your throat. Don’t give the drops to children younger than 4.