Cough and seasonal allergies
Coughing can be an irritating symptom of seasonal allergies
A continuous cough is a not a common symptom of seasonal allergies, but if present, it can be irritating. There are a number of reasons why allergies can lead to coughs - from post-nasal drips to simple irritating of the upper respiratory passages. A dry cough is the usual symptom but sometimes, phlegm is produced leading to a mucus cough. This page describes the symptoms of a seasonal allergies cough and offers advice on suitable herbal and home remedies to alleviate the issue.
An introduction to cough and seasonal allergies
A persistent cough can be one of the most irritating symptoms of seasonal allergies, particularly if it is persistent. These coughs are usually dry and caused by pollen irritating the back of the throat or air passages, triggering the natural body reaction of coughing to clear the irritant.
Coughs associated with seasonal allergies may also be caused by what is known as the postnasal drip. When pollen irritates the nasal passages, excessive fluid is produced by the inflamed membranes. This builds up and drops down the throat, irritating it, giving rise to a dry cough.
How do I know my cough is a seasonal allergies cough?
It can be difficult to determine what is causing your cough, and any persistent cough, or cough that you are worried about should be checked out by your doctor. If you are suffering from other seasonal allergies symptoms, then the chances are high that your cough is caused by seasonal allergies. Alternatively, you could try a seasonal allergies symptom checker.
Although confusing, a seasonal allergies cough may be dry and tickly, or a mucous cough. A dry cough is caused by the throat being irritated by pollen, while a mucous cough is the result of mucus building up at the back of the throat.
Are there home remedies to help with cough?
There are several home remedies you can try which may help with easing your persistent cough.
A warm drink of honey and lemon can reduce the irritation at the back of your throat and ease your cough, even if only temporarily. The lemon acts as a disinfectant to prevent any infections from developing or worsening your condition
Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water is important. This will not only help to prevent your throat from becoming dry or irritated, but also flush out any pollen which has lodged in your throat and palette
Avoid dry or smoky atmospheres, and if possible, avoid going outside at times when the pollen count is high.
What about herbal remedies?
Herbal remedies can either be taken to treat seasonal allergies at the root of your cough, or be taken to treat the individual symptom.
For example, Pollinosan Allergy Relief Tablets combines several different herbs designed to reduce inflammation of the mucous membranes which occurs as the body reacts to pollen. Unlike some conventional seasonal allergies treatments, Pollinosan does not cause drowsiness.
If you are looking for a specific remedy for coughs, A.Vogel's Soothing Cough Syrup containing extracts of spruce can help to ease a dry or tickly cough whilst Bronchosan may help with a mucous cough.
Are there conventional medicines to help me?
As seasonal allergies is the cause of your cough, a doctor or pharmacist is likely to recommend anti-histamines to lessen your body’s reaction to pollen. This in turn may help to ease your cough. However, the body can develop immunity to such medicines, and thus they should only be used on a short-term basis.
There are various types of cough medicines and syrups available, some of which act as suppressants, and others which act as expectorants to release fluid from the lungs. Your pharmacist will be able to advise a cough remedy suitable for your condition.
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