Allergic cough is a type of persistent dry cough that arises whenever the individual comes in contact with the allergenic substance, which may be dust, cat's fur, dog's fur or pollen's from flowers and trees, for example.
This type of cough is more common in the spring and autumn, although it may also appear in winter because the environments tend to be more closed at this time of year, generating accumulation of allergenic substances in the air.
Causes for an allergy cough
Allergy cough usually is related to a respiratory allergies, the main causes being the dust and the pollen from flowers, for example.
Allergic cough can occur due to the presence of fungi in the air, hair and feathers of animals or substances in the environment, such as perfumes, pool chlorine or cigarette smoke, for example. It is normal for people who have allergy cough to have rhinitis or sinusitis, for example
Allergic cough is characterized by being dry, persistent and irritative, that is, cough in which there is no phlegm or any other secretion, which happens several times a day, especially at night, and when it starts it seems that it will not stop any longer.
The person may have respiratory allergies and not know. Therefore, if there is a persistent dry cough, it is important to go to the allergist or pulmonologist for allergy testing. Children of allergic parents are more likely to develop a respiratory allergy and therefore are more likely to suffer from persistent dry cough.
How is treatment done
The treatment for allergic cough should be done based on its cause, beginning by avoiding contact with the allergenic substance. For immediate relief an antihistamine may be indicated. Drinking more water than usual may help calm the throat, somewhat coughing. The doctor will then indicate specific and effective treatment.
Allergy cough syrup
Homemade syrups are a great option to relieve symptoms related to allergy cough. Carrot and honey syrup and oregano syrup are good options to fight the symptoms of allergic cough, since these foods have properties that decrease the cough reflex.
Home treatment for allergy cough
A good home treatment for dry cough, which is one of the hallmarks of allergic cough, is to take a honey syrup with propolis daily as it will keep the throat area properly cleaned and moisturized, thus decreasing the incidence of cough.
- 1 tablespoon of honey;
- 3 drops of propolis extract.
Mix the ingredients very well and then drink. It is recommended to take 2 to 3 scoops of this homemade cough medication a day.
Although this home remedy helps to calm the cough, the treatment for allergic cough should always be done by taking allergy medication under medical recommendation.