Health Tip: Help Calm a Cough

(HealthDay News) -- If you're plagued with a cold or another respiratory illness that's causing a cough, there are things you can do to help tame the beast.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers these suggestions to help calm a cough:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Steer clear of substances that can irritate the lungs and worsen a cough, such as air pollution, tobacco smoke, allergens and strong odors.
  • Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Follow your doctor's treatment plan.
  • Take cough medicine, if recommended by your doctor.
  • Run a cool-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer.

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