Asthma Cough
& Mystery Cough

Why you hack when you could purr...

Asthma cough © Karen Alison

Do you have an asthma cough or a mystery cough?

If you don't smoke and you try to live a healthy lifestyle but no one can tell you why you're still coughing, this article is for you.

Here are...

7 reasons you cough when you have asthma, allergies or a mystery cough…

1. Dehydration - the top reason for asthma cough

Some authorities say that dehydration is THE cause of asthma cough and bronchial constriction, and makes allergies and exercise-related asthma worse.

It makes sense, since an estimated 75% of us are chronically dehydrated.

Every time you breathe, you lose moisture. When you drink enough water, it reduces histamine levels and mucus build-up in your lungs and airways to keep them open and clear, and prevent coughing.

2. Reactions to problem foods like wheat and dairy.

Wheat and dairy are two of the most common foods that cause coughing © Karen Alison

Even if you don’t have full-blown medically-diagnosed allergies, you may have an intolerance or sensitivity to a food or food group that makes you cough or clear your throat often.

Wheat and dairy are two of the most common foods that lead to phlegm, mucus and coughing.

3. Ordinary products you thought were safe

I was shocked when I found out that ordinary products I used every day were irritating my body and making me cough. I used to think they were perfectly safe.

Many ordinary products outgas petrochemical molecules and lead to coughing. © Karen Alison

I’ve since learned that millions of us are harmed by the chemical toxins in our indoor environments, our water, and the products we use daily.

These products outgas chemical molecules into your air. They are especially irritating when you have an asthma cough and they cause many other health problems. (See the Healthy Living Tips for more info.)

To protect yourself, choose natural products and avoid the chemical versions as much as possible. Be especially careful with...

  • personal care and beauty products from petrochemicals
  • renovation materials, paints, glues and solvents
  • pesticides, insecticides and herbicides
  • household cleaners and polishes
  • chemical laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • all scented products made from petrochemicals
  • chlorine, chloramine and fluoride in water
  • artificial food preservatives and colorings
  • vinyl and plastics

4. Mould - a nightmare for asthma cough

Mould is one of the major triggers of asthma cough and mystery cough.

Even if you don't have asthma, you may find yourself coughing when you’re outdoors raking fallen leaves or when you’re in a basement, old cottage, or bathroom that doesn't dry properly – all places you’ll find mold.

Do you have a lot of houseplants? The mould in their earth can cause huge problems for asthma sufferers. When you water the plants, the mold is released into the air and you inhale it.

Consider giving away your plants or at least confining them to one room of your house - NOT your bedroom! You can also cover their soil surface with aquarium pebbles to keep down the mould.

5. Seasonal “allergies”

Have you noticed that you cough more or your asthma is worse during certain seasons?

If so, there’s a good chance you’re reacting to...

  • pollens in spring and summer
  • moulds in spring and fall
  • dry air, dust or indoor pollution in winter.

6. Vitamin B-12 deficiency

A deficiency of vitamin B-12 is often the source of a “mystery cough.”

Lack of B 12 not only contributes to coughing, heart disease and cancer, but neurological problems including Alzheimer's.

7. H Pylori

H pylori is bacteria in your stomach that is linked to vitamin deficiency and asthma-related GERD, both of which can make you cough.

Any or all of the causes on this list can irritate your respiratory system and mucus membranes, and trigger coughing. Fortunately, there are simple home remedies for cough that will stop it.

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Amazing honey - sweetest home remedy for cough © Karen Alison

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