It often takes time to treat cough if it is caused by other than a cold.
If you cough with the change of the temperature
The cough can be caused by cough variant asthma.
Inflammation of the membrane in the air way makes it sensitive to light stimulation, causing cough. If the cough continues more than 2 weeks after recovering from a cold. Cough variant asthma is pre-asthmatic condition, so it can lead to asthma, in which the bronchial tube becomes narrow due to inflammation, causing difficulty of breathing.
If you cough while you are sleeping
The cough can be caused by Reflux esophagitis (Acid Reflux).
Reflux esophagitis is inflammation of the esophagus caused by the backflow of acid due to the looseness of the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus. While you are sleeping, the stomach acid backs up into the throat causes cough.
Drink to Suppress Cough is Coffee
Caffeine contained in coffee expands bronchial tube and suppresses inflammation, so it makes breathing easier.
According to a research in Italy, people who drink more than 3 cups of coffee a day have 28 % less risk of development of asthma than people who don’t drink coffee at all.
If you can’t drink coffee, you can drink green tea or black tea which contain half the amount of caffeine of coffee.
Recommended Food for Any Lung Problems
It is recommended to eat dishes containing lotus root frequently for Lung related problems for prevention and improvement of constitution. If it is difficult to find lotus roots, it is very convenient to get Lotus Root Powder. You can take it any time as a cup of tea.
One of my patients just presented me with Eden Food Lotus Root Tea Powder which actually I had recommended her to take to prevent and improve asthma, and by taking the lotus root powder, her breathing is stable even in the most difficult season for the lung. There are other brands as well, so get one for prevention and improvement especially if you have asthma.
Common sore throat in the morning
Don’t you have sore throat in the morning?
If so, that is caused by dryness. If throat or pharynx becomes dry, mucus protecting those area disappears. As a result, throat becomes sore. There is also a case that it is a sign of the beginning of a cold.
Common sore throat in the morning is caused mainly by dryness. It is alleviated by moisturizing throat taking water.
Sore throat caused by acid reflux (reflux esophagitis)
If sore throat continues without dryness, it can be caused by acid reflux.
There is stomach acid in stomach which dissolves foods. Stomach acid should stay in stomach. After eating, stomach acid increases. If you sleep right after eating, stomach fluid flows back to throat causing sore throat.
There is esophageal hiatal which prevents the backflow by tightening up of diaphragm, but with age or relaxation by drinking alcohol, it becomes loose. (Fig. 1)
Why does acid reflux cause sore throat in the morning?
Lying down makes stomach acid easily go up to throat.
For about 2 hours after eating, stomach acid is secreted to digest foods so the backflow of stomach acid easily happens. In such condition, if lying down, the level of stomach and throat becomes almost the same so stomach acid easily goes up to throat. As a result, the strong acid hurts throat.
To prevent acid reflux, it is better to go to bed at least 2 hours after eating.
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