Non-pharmacological remedies for post-viral acute cough

https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2021.1821

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The post-viral acute cough (PAC) is a widespread symptom, mainly in childhood and adolescence, and is usually associated with an acute upper respiratory infection, namely the common cold. The use of cough relievers is, therefore, impressive, as documented by the market data. There are many medical devices and dietary supplements for treating PAC, which contain non-pharmacological components. Ancient people used traditional herbs to treat PAC. Thus, a well-established tradition considers natural remedies as an effective and safe way to relieve PAC. The herbal agents include polyphenols, flavonoids, saponins, glucosides, and alkaloids. Also, the European Medicine Agency has recognized the value of plant extracts and other natural substances to treat PAC. Nevertheless, a few studies investigated the role of non-pharmacologic remedies for PAC. There is some evidence for honey, glycerol, Althea officinalis, Drosera rotundifolia, Grindelia, Hedera helix, Pelargonium sidoides, Sambucus nigra, Thymus vulgaris, hyaluronic acid, and saline solutions. However, further rigorous studies should confirm natural products' efficacy and safety to relieve PAC.

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common cold, post-viral acute cough, non-pharmacological remedy, honey, glycerol, herbal medicines
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Ciprandi, Giorgio, and Maria Angela Tosca. 2021. “Non-Pharmacological Remedies for Post-Viral Acute Cough”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, August. https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2021.1821.