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Although coughing is not a disease, it can be a symptom of not only seasonal allergy but also other medical conditions like pneumonia or tuberculosis.
You can blame the weather or your weak immunity, but it is important to take extra care of your throat during the seasonal transition. As the season changes, the human body gets vulnerable to many viral infections which cause respiratory problems like cold, cough, sore throat and pain in the throat.
Although coughing is not a disease, it can be a symptom of not only seasonal allergy but also other medical conditions like pneumonia, tuberculosis, asthma and many more.
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If your cough persists for more than 2 weeks, you must seek professional medical care. Until then, you can manage the symptoms of a cough at home with the help of these simple home remedies. 
Research conducted to find out the effects of herbs like ginger, ginseng, mulberry and others for the treatment of chronic cough showed that ginger was effective in suppressing both dry and wet cough. Another study showed that ginger prevents the entry of respiratory syncytial virus in the throat which is responsible for many respiratory tract infections.
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Liquorice tea can relieve congestion and loosen the phlegm. Research done on the effectiveness of liquorice on cough showed that within 60 minutes liquorice was able to reduce the symptoms of cough by 35.62%. 
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After several studies, scientists have established that honey is a better option than antibiotics for the treatment of cough. Honey has been used for ages to relieve respiratory infections like nasal obstruction, sore throat, tonsilitis and others.
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Turmeric has been used as ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of various respiratory conditions like sore throat, tonsilitis and bronchitis. Curcumin, present in turmeric, is known to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help in relieving cough.
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Menthol content of the mint leaves can numb the nerve endings present in the throat. Since there is less irritation in the throat, the urge to cough reduces, especially during the night. Mint leaves also help in clearing the congestion of the throat.
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This is the most popular and effective remedy for cough. Gargles with warm salted water does not treat the cough but helps in reducing the inflammation and itch in the throat. It also helps in the removal of phlegm and mucus from the throat.
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For more tips, read our article on Cough: Causes, Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment.
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