There are two main types of coughs: One is a dry, hacking cough, and the other is a deeper congested cough that tends to produce phlegm. Common causes of coughs include colds, allergies, infections, allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, esophageal reflux disease and smoking. Medicine need not always be the first choice of treatment for coughs, especially when it comes to mild symptoms. Some remedies tend to work better on a particular type of cough.

Take vitamin C to boost your immune system and fight off illness. Try taking a supplement, or drink orange juice.

Suck on hard candy or throat lozenges to soothe an irritated throat.

Drink hot tea with honey and lemon for coughs that tickle the back of the throat.

Gargle with warm salt water approximately four times a day.

Use a humidifier, or breathe in steam for coughs that are chest-based.

Drink plenty of water. Getting enough water can help break down mucus production.

Take some supporting herbs, such as marshmallow, sundew, coltsfoot (leaves and flower part only) and thyme.

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Angie Briggs

Angie Briggs has been a health and fitness writer since 2006. Her articles have been published on eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and GardenGuides. She graduated from Thompson Institute with a diploma as a computer support specialist and received certification from CareerStep as a medical transcriptionist and medical language specialist.