Coughing can be a symptom of many different ailments. Some people might develop a cough due to allergies, upset stomach, when a fever is present, or even from gastroesophageal reflux disease. Seeking treatment for a cough is recommended when it is accompanied by body aches and fever as this may be a sign of an upper respiratory infection. Coughs that are not due to a bacterial infection do not need to be treated with an antibiotic. These natural cough remedies can be done at home to provide relief.
Probiotics are known for providing digestive relief; therefore, many people are not aware of using them for a cough. While they do not directly reduce coughing, they help support the growth of “good” bacteria in the gut, which can help fight infections responsible for a cough. The probiotic strain Lactobacillus is especially beneficial for reducing the risk and length of the common cold or flu. They are also useful for protecting against certain allergens such as pollen. Probiotics can be purchased in supplement form. Many yogurts contain naturally-occurring probiotics.