Croup cough is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system and is very different from normal cough. Because of its sound, it is often referred to as barking cough. The croup symptoms in children or adults are almost similar to a common cold. However, the discomforts are intense. So, try these home remedies as an effective croup treatment.
What Causes Croup Cough?
The human parainfluenza virus (HPIV) causes croup cough. Croup in kids is often caused by HPIV-1. It spreads through air particles. Coughing as well as sneezing allow the croup virus to spread in the air and it gets inhaled by healthy people. Also, touching objects used by the infected person can lead to croup in adults.
What Are The Croup Symptoms?
The croup symptoms improve in 48 hours but may stay for three to seven days.
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Barking cough
- Sore throat
- Low fever
- Loud and fast breathing
- Retractions while breathing
1. Prepare A Homemade Vapor Rub For Barking Cough.
Vapor rubs allow the release of congestion. Take a saucepan and fill it with water. Turn on the flame and place a jar filled with olive oil, coconut oil, and some beeswax. Stir to mix and add essential oils of your choice. Store in a container and use.
2. Rub Lavender Essential Oil On The Chest.
Since lavender essential oil is antibacterial in nature, it helps heal the croup symptoms. So, add a few drops of the oil in a carrier oil like coconut oil. Rub it on the chest for quick relief from the signs of the croup virus.
3. Expose Yourself To Humid Air.
Steam is an effective croup treatment since it helps release mucus from the body. Cover your head with a towel and run a hot water faucet. Make sure you don’t burn yourself and just inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes.
4. Try Elderberry Syrup To Treat Croup Cough.
Boil one quart of filtered water in a saucepan and add 1/4 cup of dried elderberries along with some rose hips. Reduce the heat and cover the pan. Steep it for 20-30 minutes. Strain and drink after cooling. It enhances your immune system since both the ingredients are rich in Vitamin C.
5. Chamomile Tea For Croup In Adults
Croup symptoms in adults are curable by drinking warm herbal teas. Chamomile is a potent antioxidative that helps combat the croup virus. So, boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of chamomile tea leaves in it. Steep the tea for 10 minutes and strain. Drink twice daily.
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.