Cough Cough Cough

There’s no doubt that ongoing coughs create a huge impact on the life of the sufferer and their family – the main problem being sleep deprivation, which in the long term, creates further health problems caused by exhaustion.

A persistent, chronic cough with no obvious cause is one of the most frustrating and exhausting problems for an adult or child to have. A cough is classified as chronic when it has been daily, persistent and present for more than four weeks. If there’s no wheezing and it’s not brought on by exertion, then it’s different from an asthmatic cough. Chronic cough can be present during the day and night, but it’s much more noticeable at nighttime. The family can become sleep deprived and despairing of which treatment to try next. In desperation, some parents turn to medications like antihistamines to get rid of the cough, once and for all.

Anne Chang, Professor of Child Health at the University of Queensland and the Menzies Institute in Darwin has a strong interest in chronic cough and has looked at the evidence supporting, or not, the use of antihistamines. Chang AB et al. Antihistamines for prolonged non-specific cough in children (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. She says that cough in the absence of asthma is a grossly under-researched area, due to a lack of funding. In fact, Chang has found few studies that show antihistamines are beneficial in chronic coughs – and that there is a health risk to the heart, which can be serious.

What can you do then, for a persistent, irritating cough?

A post viral cough will gradually disappear over a few weeks, but it may not Sometimes there is no discernable cause and the cough persists for many months or longer. Homeopaths are familiar with chronic coughs, and are used to people visiting them after they have tried everything on the pharmacy shelf.

Homeopathic medicines for coughs usually work fairly quickly. Given the inherent risks of cough medications, homeopathy is an effective option. See Testimonials

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