CAUSES – Anything that irritates the respiratory airways can produce a cough. The common cold, flu, and sinusitis are the most common cause of an acute respiratory tract infection. If you accidentally inhale small objects or breathe in irritants, they can produce a cough. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, in there are five types, can produce a dry cough. An abnormal cough is one that is persistent. It can be caused by allergies, asthma, or chronic bronchitis.
TREATMENT – Coughing is a normal protective response by the body. For a bacterial infection, it is best to use an antibiotic. A viral infection will normally be treated by rest, aspirin, or an acetaminophen followed by plenty of fluids. Alternative choices may consist of the following:
- Sang ju yin, a decoction of mulberry leaf and chrysanthemum
- Herbal tea