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Are there ways to ease coughing from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in addition to medication?

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Your doctor may prescribe medication to help soothe your cough. You can also take these steps:

  • Drink lots of water. This thins mucus and makes it easier to cough up.
  • Avoid air pollution. Stay away from cigarette smoke and other things that can irritate your lungs .
  • Don’t take quick, deep breaths through your mouth. Doing this after coughing can make it harder for mucus to leave the lungs. It could also lead to uncontrolled coughing.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Coughing: Controlled Coughing.”

CDC: “COPD: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “COPD: Clearing Your Lungs.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Coughing: Controlled Coughing.”

CDC: “COPD: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.”

University of Wisconsin Health: “COPD: Clearing Your Lungs.”

Mayo Clinic: “COPD.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

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