5 home remedies to get rid of persistent cough quickly

A persistent cough is irritating and very uncomfortable.

Ginger and honey

Cough may be a sign of an allergy, seasonal variation, runny nose, or heartburn. However, medical conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis may also cause you to cough.

There are different types of cough. Some may need aggressive treatment as they may indicate some major illness or infection, while others may occur simply due to climate changes or allergies.

Here are some tips and remedies for treating persistent cough at home:

  • Onions

Using onions is one natural way to stop coughing.

Before you go to bed, cut an onion into quarters and leave it on a plate on your bedside table or at the foot of the bed. Although using onions may sound outmoded, it works.

  • Honey

Honey is highly viscous and works similarly to a cough drop. When it is consumed, it coats the lining of the throat, alleviating soreness or scratchiness.


Honey also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties — which may contribute to its relieving effect. These properties help fight off infections and can boost your immune system.

Add honey to warm tea to increase its soothing effect on the throat.

  • Saltwater

Gargling salt water can help kill bacteria and loosen mucus in your throat. Loosening mucus in your throat will help clear your sinuses and get rid of your cough faster. A saltwater gargle can also help reduce swelling and irritation caused by persistent coughing.

  • Ginger

The bioactive compounds in ginger have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also has a spicy taste, which stimulates saliva production and can help improve a dry mouth or throat.

  • Steam 

Breathing in steam helps loosen nasal congestion. This will make blowing your nose easier and, if you're experiencing post-nasal drip, release built-up mucus in the throat. Because steam can moisturize a sore throat, it may also provide pain relief.

Try breathing in steam from a boiling pot of water. Once the water begins to produce steam, take it off the stove, and place your face above it.


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