Coughs and Sore Throats

Coughs and Sore Throats

Drink lots of liquids; hot drinks like tea with lemon and honey will soothe the throat. Suck on cough drops or hard candy. Take over-the-counter medication with dextromethorphan, as directed. Make your own cough medicine: Mix 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts honey.

Reasons to Call a Provider

  • Painful swallowing
  • A cough that has persisted more than 2 weeks
  • Earache
  • Symptoms that persist more than 7 days
  • Swelling around eyes
  • Redness around eyes
  • Vision problems

Powell, D. (2006). Healthier at home: The proven guide to self-care & being a wise health consumer. Farmington Hills, MI: American Institute for Preventive Medicine.