In order to fight cough with catarrh, you should do nebulizations with saline solution, cough frequently to eliminate secretions, drink at least 2 liters of fluids, and drink teas with expectorant properties such as onion peel.
Coughing is a defense mechanism of the body in the attempt to eliminate the secretions of the respiratory system, arising mainly when there is an inflammation of the bronchi or lungs. Some diseases that can cause catarrh cough are bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and tuberculosis and so if the cough does not improve in 5 days one should go to a pulmonologist doctor.
Generally, the cough with transparent phlegm is not worrisome and can be a sign of influenza or cold. However, in addition to this cough, there may be:
- Cough with catarrh and shortness of breath: may be a sign of bronchitis, that should be treated with medication prescribed by the doctor;
- Cough with green catarrh or with yellow catarrh: may be a sign of bacterial infection and treatment should be indicated by the doctor;
- Cough with catarrh and blood: may be a sign of tuberculosis or a lesion in the airways and so it is important to go to the doctor so he can investigate the cause and initiate appropriate treatment.
Catarrh can accumulate in the throat and turn breathing difficult, making the voice hoarse and for it to be eliminated it is necessary to do a nebulization with saline solution to release the secretions. Read more in: Nebulization for sinusitis.
How to fight cough with phlegm
If the person has a cough with clear phlegm, it is recommended that you do nebulizations to reduce the thickness and amount of mucus, helping you to breathe better, and cough whenever secretions are present, avoiding swallowing, and drinking at least 2 liters of water during the day to fluidize secretions and therefore facilitate their elimination.
In addition, an option to fight cough is by taking teas with expectorant properties such as mallow tea with guaco and onion syrup, for example, which facilitate the elimination of phlegm. In some cases, especially when the cough is persistent, your doctor may recommend the use of specific cough syrups and should be used as directed.
Home remedies to release catarrh
Some home remedies to cure cough with transparent phlegm include:
- Inhaling steam from boiled water with 1 tablespoon of coarse salt and 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil;
- Drink the tea from the peel of the onion with honey and 1 pinch of white pepper, 2 times a day;
- Take the juice of 1 orange with 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 drops of propolis extract;
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C like orange, mandarin and raw pepper because this strengthens the immune system. Also, you can make an orange juice with watercress and drink it every day.
When there is a cough with catarrh it is important not to take any medication for dry cough because it eliminates phlegm avoiding complications such as pneumonia, for example.
Natural remedies for cough with catarrh during pregnancy
Coughing with catarrh can also occur in pregnancy, and can be very uncomfortable and to treat it is essential to drink plenty of water, juices or teas, so that the phlegm becomes more fluid and quit more easily. Orange juice is also great for moisturizing the body and as it is rich in vitamin C, it is a great home remedy to strengthen the immune system so it can fight against the flu and the cold.
In addition, during pregnancy, one should not take any medicine without medical advice because they can harm the baby, so before taking any medicine you should consult the doctor.
When to go to the doctor
Medical help should be sought when the cough presents with phlegm that is green, yellow, has blood or is brown because these colors may indicate the presence of microorganisms in the lung that may have to be treated with antibiotics, for example.
It is also recommended to go to the clinic when there is fever, hoarseness and when the cough with catarrh makes it difficult to breathe and has not passed for more than 5 days.
The doctor may order a lung x-ray and sputum exam to evaluate the color, consistency, and microorganism involved in making the diagnosis of the disease and indicate the best remedies.