Try these five tips to manage your cough at home:
- Stay Hydrated. An upper respiratory tract infection like a cold or flu causes postnasal drip.
- Try Lozenges and Hot Drinks. Try a menthol cough drop, Yoder suggests.
- Take Steamy Showers, and Use a Humidifier.
- Remove Irritants From the Air.
- Take Medications to Treat Coughs.
Keeping this in view, why does a cough linger after a cold?
Reason 1: Irritated Airways After a Cold or Flu. The most common cause of chronic cough is predictable. Your cough, though, can hang around for weeks because viruses can cause your airways to become swollen and oversensitive. This can last long after the virus is gone.
Is a cough contagious after a cold?
In most instances, individuals with a cold will resolve their symptoms without medical intervention in about one week, although sometimes the cough may last longer. However, at this point in time, the cough is not spreading contagious virus. When cold symptoms and signs resolve, a person is cured of a cold.
How long does a post viral cough last?
If it appears out of the blue and takes hold of you for a couple weeks — and you are not a smoker — or if post-cold coughing continues beyond three or four weeks. Officially, chronic cough is defined as cough lasting for at least eight weeks.