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7 Foods That Can Help Soothe a Cough

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Mura Dominko of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 8: A cough can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of the common cold or other seasonal ailments. But believe it or not, it's a way for your body to clear out irritants and infections from your airways. There are several different types of coughs, depending on the underlying causes, but the most common distinction is dry cough vs a wet or productive cough.A dry cough is a cough that doesn't bring up mucus, but is caused by a constant irritation in the back of your throat. It can have simple underlying causes like the cold or flu, and can often persist long after you've recovered from an illness.A wet cough is dubbed a productive cough because it helps push mucus out of your respiratory system. It's the kind of cough that usually accompanies an infection like the flu or cold and can be acute (lasting less than three weeks) or chronic (lasting more than eight weeks).When it comes to soothing a cough, a dry cough can benefit from soothing treatments like hot teas and steam baths, while a wet cough needs a remedy that will help break down mucus and make it easier for you to cough it up. "You don't want to suppress a productive cough that is bringing up mucus. But you do want to suppress a dry cough," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.We've compiled a list of expert-recommended common foods, herbs, and home remedies that are proven cough aids, whether you have a dry or a wet cough. And to make sure you're taking the best care of yourself no matter how you're feeling, be sure to avoid these 100 Worst Foods for Cold and Flu.

7 Foods That Can Help Soothe a Cough

A cough can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of the common cold or other seasonal ailments. But believe it or not, it's a way for your body to clear out irritants and infections from your airways. There are several different types of coughs, depending on the underlying causes, but the most common distinction is dry cough vs a wet or productive cough.

A dry cough is a cough that doesn't bring up mucus, but is caused by a constant irritation in the back of your throat. It can have simple underlying causes like the cold or flu, and can often persist long after you've recovered from an illness.

A wet cough is dubbed a productive cough because it helps push mucus out of your respiratory system. It's the kind of cough that usually accompanies an infection like the flu or cold and can be acute (lasting less than three weeks) or chronic (lasting more than eight weeks).

When it comes to soothing a cough, a dry cough can benefit from soothing treatments like hot teas and steam baths, while a wet cough needs a remedy that will help break down mucus and make it easier for you to cough it up. "You don't want to suppress a productive cough that is bringing up mucus. But you do want to suppress a dry cough," says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.

We've compiled a list of expert-recommended common foods, herbs, and home remedies that are proven cough aids, whether you have a dry or a wet cough. And to make sure you're taking the best care of yourself no matter how you're feeling, be sure to avoid these 100 Worst Foods for Cold and Flu.

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