A cough is generally associated with a cold, and most of you have several ways to get rid of the irritating condition. While several home remedies might work, there are a few myths that need to be busted:
Myth 1: All coughs are due to an infection
Fact: Not actually right, not all coughs are due to infections. There are several other reasons for it as well. The causes of cough can range from something as simple as common viral or bacterial infections to pneumonia, gastroesophageal reflux to heart failure in rare situations.
Myth 2: Every cough requires antibiotics
Fact: Most coughs are due to viruses, hence loading your system with antibiotics will not help relieve it. There are bacteria that might cause a sore throat and cough linked with it, having antibiotics without a prescription can further harm you than doing good.
Myth 3: Cough is self-limiting
Fact: Cough is a protective mechanism to get rid of mucus and irritants from the body, and is mostly due to either an infection or some irritants. Home remedies and OTC cough formulations will provide symptomatic relief and may even limit the cough in some cases. However, if it gets worse or continues for a prolonged period, it is good to visit a doctor.
Myth 4: All longstanding cough is tuberculosis
Fact: It is essential to understand that not every cough is tuberculosis (TB). There are other chronic causes of cough, such as pneumonia, COPD, asthma, ILD (Interstitial lung disease), Lung cancer, etc.
Myth 5: Warm soup can alleviate a cough
Fact: Cough is mostly caused because of an infection or as a symptom of some other condition. Soup or any warm fluid is soothing to the throat and decreases irritation, but it cannot cure the infection.
Myth 6: Consuming sour food can cause a cough
Fact: There is no proper evidence to support the fact that eating acidic foods might cause a cough. Feeling slight irritated in the throat is possible though.
Myth 7: All cough syrups make you feel drowsy
Fact: Not at all. Only cough syrups containing active ingredients like antihistamines including Chlorpheniramine will cause drowsiness. The latest formulations with active ingredients such as Dextromethorphan do not do so.
Myth 8: Cough syrups are addictive
Fact: Most cough syrups are not addictive, while some of them that contain codeine are addictive.
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