Why it is dangerous to prescribe treatment for yourself and by what methods it is not worth treating a cough, said doctor Elena Smirnova.
See also: Types of cough: which is the most dangerous and how to treat
Be careful with cough medications.
It is not recommended to suppress cough during viral infections, because in this way you prevent the elimination of sputum from the body. Moreover, dry and wet cough are treated with various means, and wet cough can not be suppressed at all, because then the airways will clog up the mucus.
When the airways become clogged with mucus, the disease begins to progress, which can lead to complications.
Why it is dangerous to choose antibiotics yourself
Before you start taking antibiotics, you definitely need to find out which bacteria predominate in the body, because different drugs affect specific pathogens. Before taking antibiotics, you first need to install the cough pathogen.
How to treat a cough
The combination of mucolytics and cough suppressants
Mucolytic and antitussive drugs dilute sputum and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system of the bronchi. They facilitate the process of eliminating sputum, but without coughing this is impossible.
That is why it is impossible to take mucolytic drugs with antitussive drugs at the same time, because they suppress the cough reflex.
Why you should not warm your chest and breathe over potatoes
Some mothers like to rub the breasts of their children with hot ointments, as well as apply mustard plasters. However, if the disease is infectious and proceeds with swelling of the mucosa, excess heat will only worsen the condition of the patient.
It is dangerous to warm the upper chest, because the lymph nodes, the thyroid gland and the blood vessels of the heart are located nearby. It is better to replace the "warming up" with warm drinks.
As for inhalation, at home it is difficult to achieve the desired warming temperature. Thanks to the potato pan, you risk burning your airways. A burn of the airways can lead to the deprivation of the protective mechanism, as a result of which the cough will only intensify.
Conclusion: in the treatment of cough there are many subtleties and only an experienced doctor can understand them. Therefore, when the first symptoms of the disease appear, it’s worth going not to the pharmacy, but to the clinic.
More news regarding treatment, medicine, nutrition, healthy living and much more – read in the Health section.