Pulmonologist: to cope with a persistent cough, humidify the air

Pulmonologist Evgeniy Popov gave some advice on how to cope with a lingering cough. This ARVI season, many complain that they have been coughing for weeks.

Cough is a protective function of the body in response to dust, germs, and various particles entering the respiratory tract. It can be dry and wet (with the formation of sputum).

When a person gets sick, he usually has a dry cough in the first days. Then it becomes moist, this significantly alleviates the condition.

Sometimes the cough becomes protracted, there are several reasons for this. Conventional remedies are of little help. How to alleviate your condition?

Popov advises following the doctor’s recommendations, and additionally using simple but effective techniques.

  • plenty of warm drinks, it stimulates sputum production. Phlegm is formed from liquid; if you drink little, then there is little phlegm. The cough prolongs even more.
  • humidify the air in the room, especially when the radiators are running. Dry mucous membranes are again a dry cough.

According to allergist and immunologist Vladimir Bolibok, lingering symptoms in those who have had ARVI or acute respiratory infections could be caused by a mutated coronavirus, whooping cough , as well as the spread of mycoplasma.The doctor named mold as another cause. The fallen leaves lay on the ground for a long time, becoming covered with mold and fungi, and then it all rose into the air. He also advises humidifying the air.

Humidifying the air can have many benefits:

Dry air irritates the mucous membranes in the nose and throat, which can lead to frequent colds, coughing and difficulty breathing. Humidifying the air helps soften mucous membranes, moisten the airways and reduce the risk of these problems.

Too dry air dries out the skin, leaving it sensitive, flaky and prone to irritation.

Dry air causes a burning sensation in the eyes, itching and discomfort in the nose and throat. Humidifying the air helps reduce these discomforts, creating a more comfortable indoor environment.

Dry air allows static electricity to build up, which can cause discomfort and damage to electronic devices.

Humidifying the air prevents the growth of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. The level of humidity affects their vital functions.

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