How To: Customize Cough Remedies Based on Root Causes

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It’s that season where sniffles and sore throats start to plague our children and colleagues. As much as we love a great hot tea, orange juice, and over-the-counter medicine combination to cure a cough, not everyone will be able to be cured by the same remedy. Unfortunately, cough remedies are not a “one size fits all” type of treatment. Don’t worry too much though, because there is something for everyone and every cough.

Coughs are simply a common reflex action that clears the throat of mucus and irritants. The more you cough, the more your body is trying to tell you something. The key is to figure what’s causing it and then get the treatment your lungs need to be clear.

A cough that appears suddenly is usually triggered by an infectious disease, such as cold or flu.

According to Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, an internist at