A smoker’s cough refers to coughing that normally occurs in people who are long-term smokers. It is a persistent cough —”persistent” meaning that it is present for more than 2 or 3 weeks.
At first it may be dry in smokers who have not smoked for very long, but over time it usually produces phlegm. This phlegm can be clear, white, yellow, or even green in color. The cough is usually worst upon awakening, and improves over the remainder of the day.
Symptoms of smokers cough:
Shortness of breath
Due to smokers cough, it seems to be harder to catch breath or it is harder to climb a flight of stairs.
Coughing up blood
coughing up blood, even a small amount on a single occasion can be symbol of smokers cough.
When cough is accompanied by wheezing, it could suggest asthma; but a common saying in medicine is that “not all that wheezes is asthma.” It could be a symbol of smokers cough.
Unexplained weight loss
If cough becomes old (more than two three weeks) and weight is also loosing, it can be the symbol of smokers cough.
A hoarse voice that lasts more than a few days or is not accompanied by other typical cold symptoms, could be the symbol of smokers cough.
Causes of smokers cough:
The airways are lined with cilia. Cilia are tiny hair-like cells that catch toxins in inhaled air and move them upwards toward the mouth. Smoking paralyzes these cells so they’re unable to do their job. Instead of being caught in transit, toxins are allowed to enter the lungs, where they settle and create inflammation.
This, in turn, leads to coughing as the body attempts to clear these substances from your lungs. During the night, these cilia begin to repair themselves as they are no longer exposed to the toxins in smoke. As the cilia are called upon to catch and remove the accumulated toxins, the result is an increase in coughing upon arising in the morning.
Treatment of Smokers Cough Using Natural Home Remedies:
Natural home remedies are much cheaper as compared to over-the-counter drugs.
The best thing about natural home remedies is that they can be used to treat illness while over-the-counter drugs are disease specific.
The various natural remedies for smokers cough using kitchen ingredients are given below:
Natural Home Remedies using Red Pepper, Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Honey:
Prepare the mixture as given below:
1. Take ¼ tsp red pepper.
2. Take 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
3. Take ¼ tsp ground ginger.
4. Take 1 tbsp Honey.
5. Mix all the above ingredients with 2 tbsp of water.
6. Mix all ingredients well to form a paste.
Whenever a cough comes on, take 1 tsp. of this mixture to help subside coughing.
Chewing Gum to get rid of Smokers Cough:
Try chewing gum so you will not smoke as much. Gum or candy can be used to keep yourself occupied, therefore clearing up the smoker’s cough.
Drink a lot of Water to get rid of Smokers Cough:
Drink a lot of water. Water works to lubricate the throat so that the bruising caused from coughing constantly will be less painful. Water also helps to keep the body hydrated, while cigarette smoke dries it out.
Natural Home Remedy using Lemon Juice:
Smoking cigarettes gets rid of vitamin C and calcium in the body. Drink a lot of fresh lemon juice every day to replenish the body with vitamin C and calcium.
Treatment of Smokers Cough with Honey:
Mix honey in with hot tea. Honey is a lubricant and will soothe the throat from smoker’s cough.
Natural Home Remedies using Warm Salt Water:
Gargle with warm salt water many times a day to help clear phlegm in your throat.
Another way to calm your cough is given below:
Fill a large pot with water and boil it. Inhale the steam from the boiling water, taking deep breaths, while covering your head with a towel. This will help calm your coughs and get rid of phlegm.
Eucalyptus And Mint Leaves to get rid of Smokers Cough:
Boil Eucalyptus and mint leaves in water. While the water cools, inhale the vapors from these leaves and this should help stop the smoker’s cough.
Natural Treatment of Smokers Cough using Garlic Cloves:
Crush two garlic cloves and place them in a glass of milk. Boil this mixture until it reduces to half in size. Strain the mixture and add sugar to taste. Drink this mixture twice a day for at least a week to see improvement in the smoker’s cough.
These remedies are cheaper and the ingredients used in these remedies are very easily available. Try these remedies for two to three weeks but if the cough still moving to more severe conditions, go for doctor’s opinion.