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If you have a cough

If you ever get a bout of coughing like Tony, the important thing to do is to stay calm, take a deep breath and swallow saliva. Then, drink some water that’s not cold and, if possible, have a hot drink with a spoonful of honey.

Remember that:


1. A dry cough that tickles your throat can be alleviated with cough pastilles or cough drops. Sometimes it may be a good idea to ease it with some cough syrup, especially at night.


2. In the case of the productive cough, there are cough syrups that will help to loosen up the mucus.


3. A steam shower may help to combat a dry cough, as it increases the humidity of the air.


4. Drinking a lot of liquids will help to dilute the mucus and make your cough more productive.

One of the main problems with coughs is that they are an easy way of spreading disease.  However, here’s some advice on how to get round that:


1. Cover your mouth and nose with a hanky when you cough. You can then throw it away in the rubbish after use (if it’s a paper one, of course).


2. If you don’t have a hanky, cover your mouth and nose with your arm. Don’t use your hands because afterwards you might touch things that other people may have to use.


3. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing; you can use soap and water.


M. Pilar Gascón. Pharmacist.