If you're bothered by pollen, mold, pet dander and environmental pollutants, you may be suffering from an ongoing allergy cough. While this type of cough is not harmful, it can be a nuisance. When your cough is disrupting your sleep, irritating your throat and limiting your time outdoors, it may be time to consider natural remedies, over-the-counter medications or a visit to the specialist.
Boil water in a pot on the stove and let it cool slightly. Place your face several inches above the pot and drape a towel over your head. Breathe deeply, inhaling the steam for several minutes. Steam helps loosen the phlegm and mucus caused by allergies.
Enjoy a cup of licorice root tea. An age-old, herbal remedy for colds and allergies, licorice kills bacteria and soothes mucus membranes. Try Yogi Egyptian licorice or Alvita licorice teabags, drinking the tea one to two times per day after meals.
Combine one part warm honey with two parts fresh lemon juice. Mix the two thoroughly and take as needed. This natural treatment has antiseptic properties and soothes the throat irritation that leads to a hacking cough.
Elevate your pillow or the top of your bed before going to sleep. This allows allergy mucus to drain more effectively and prevents the hacking cough caused by post-nasal drip.
Take an over-the-counter medication that contains guaifenesin and dextromethorphan. Guaifenesin is an expectorant designed to loosen mucus, making it easier to expel. Dextromethorphan is a medication that suppresses your body's urge to cough, and it may be especially effective when used before bed.
Visit an allergy specialist if your cough becomes chronic. If you have severe allergy problems, you may need immunotherapy shots or regularly prescribed antihistamines to soothe upper-respiratory symptoms like cough.
Follow the instructions on your licorice tea box carefully. Misuse and overdose of licorice root has been known to cause elevated blood pressure, fluid retention and potassium loss.
Consult your physician before drinking licorice tea if you have a heart condition, blood pressure problem or other chronic health concern. Do not administer honey to children under the age of two, as it may contain spores that lead to botulism.