3 Ways to Make Your Own Cough

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3 Ways to Make Your Own Cough
3 Ways to Make Your Own Cough

Most people want to get rid of the cough, rather than deliberately inducing it. But there are certain reasons you might want to cough, including getting rid of phlegm from your throat during a cold or if you're getting ready to speak in public. Individuals with chronic lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may need help with coughing to clear mucus from the lung. Similarly, individuals with disabilities, such as paraplegics, may not have the muscular ability to cough productively.


Method 1 of 3: Changing Your Breathing

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Step 1. Take a deep breath and constrict your throat

Changing the way you inhale and exhale while restricting your airflow can induce a cough. Take a deep breath to dry your mouth and throat. Contract your throat and try to exhale. Contract your stomach and push the air out, keeping your throat tight. This can help induce a cough.

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Step 2. Try a forced cough

A forced cough is a mild, low-pressure cough that is helpful for individuals who do not have the lung capacity for a normal cough. These people include patients with Cystic Fibrosis or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), among others. To do a huff cough:

  • Reduce your breathing rate by exhaling and counting to 4.
  • Hold the air at about 75% of a normal inhalation.
  • Make an O with your mouth and try to keep your larynx open.
  • Contract your abdominal muscles to force air out of your mouth. It should make a slight "huff" sound.
  • Inhale quickly and shallowly and make another “huff” sound.
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Step 3. Try making a fake cough

By purposely starting the cough sound to simulate a cough, you may end up getting a real cough. To make the fake cough, start by clearing your throat. Force the air out of your throat, contracting your abdominal muscles and pushing the air up and out of your mouth.

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Step 4. Breathe in cool, dry air

Winter air is often cold and dry and can contribute to increased coughing. Cold, dry air can remove water vapor from your throat and mouth, which can cause your airways to spasm. This can make you cough, especially if you are prone to asthma.

Take a deep breath in the cool air. Make sure the air gets into your lungs

Method 2 of 3: Inhaling Substances

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Step 1. Inhale steaming boiling water

Boil water in a kettle and pour it into a bowl. Place your face over the bowl, being careful to avoid getting burned. Take a deep, quick breath to bring the vapor into your lungs. It will condense in your lungs, where your body will mistake it for water in your lungs and try to cough it up.

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Step 2. Inhale citric acid

Citric acid has been used in several medical trials as a cough trigger (something that causes the cough reflex). Put citric acid, such as orange or lemon juice, in a nebulizer to produce a mist that you can inhale into your lungs. This should induce a cough.,

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Step 3. Breathe in an aromatic mustard oil

An older medical study indicates that mustard oil can be inhaled to induce coughing. Put a few drops of aromatic mustard oil in a bottle. Smell the bottle and you'll start coughing.

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Step 4. Cook peppers

Peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which can irritate the mouth, throat and airways. When exposed to capsaicin while cooking peppers, some of the molecules are airborne. You can inhale them and cause irritation to the throat and lungs, which for many people causes a coughing fit.,

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Step 5. Pull the mucus back into the throat

If you have a cold and a runny or stuffy nose, bring the phlegma back to your mouth and throat to induce a cough. This contributes to postnasal drip, which occurs when mucus enters the throat through the nasal passages. Postnasal drip contributes to coughing, potentially prolonging it.

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Step 6. Inhale an allergen such as dust or smoke

Deliberately inhaling allergens such as dust, pollen, or smoke will likely trigger a cough, especially if you are sensitive to them. Keep your face on a dust mop and open your mouth. Inhale quickly and deeply.

Alternatively, have someone blow cigarette smoke in their face. Inhale through the mouth to bring the smoke into the lungs. If you are not a smoker, this will make you cough. If you are a smoker, it may not be very effective

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Step 7. Inhale a bad smell

The lungs have ways of detecting odors and irritants that cause a coughing reaction, such as toxic chemicals or bad smells. The lungs have a kind of "memory" to protect them. This is why you often have a sudden and violent reaction, such as choking and coughing, to irritants and odors.

Find something that smells really bad, like rotten food or feces. You may have a reaction that includes choking and coughing

Method 3 of 3: Trying to Cough for Medical Reasons

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Step 1. Use a cough stimulator

This type of device is typically used for paraplegic individuals who cannot cough. The device is implanted under the skin, near the neck or in the upper chest and sends electronic pulses to the phrenic nerves in the neck. This causes the diaphragm to contract, stimulating an inhalation. The continuation of these pulses causes small spasms to start the cough.

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Step 2. Apply pressure to the chest

A caregiver can help a disabled patient cough by pressing firmly on the torso, just above the ribs. At the same time, the patient must exhale or attempt to cough. The pressure should induce a type of cough that, for example, will help clear the lungs during a chest infection.

The caregiver should apply very careful pressure so as not to hurt the patient

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Step 3. Use fentanyl to induce coughing

Fentanyl is a pain medication given as an anesthetic by a healthcare professional. An intravenous injection of fentanyl tends to induce coughing in the patient.,

This is only used when the patient is undergoing anesthesia for a medical procedure and is not a common method of cough induction


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