It seems to be everywhere this time of year — the persistent, relentless, cough. If you or someone in your household is suffering from a cough — specifically a dry, hacking cough — here are some ideas to help ease and soothe your discomfort.

Air: Inhale steam and moisturize the air. This can help calm the cough and loosen phlegm.

Nasal: Use a saline nasal rinse or a Neti Pot to clear out pollutants, allergents, and phlegm

Throat: Keep hard candy or cough drop on hand. Suck on one of these to soothe the throat and ease a cough.

Elderberry syrup: The syrup can help thin out mucus and reduce inflammation by taking a teaspoon of this antioxidant rich extract.

Acupressure: Try using this ancient Chinese healing art. When coughing, press the point in the large hollow at the base of the throat.

Body: Stay hydrated to help thin the mucus.

Tea additives: Add honey to your tea; this helps coat your throat and lessen a persistent cough. Add slices of ginger to your tea and steep for five minutes. This is often used for a chronic cough and helps clear out nasal passages.

And here’s one more sure to comfort. Try this soothing remedy:

Egg Drop Soup


4 cups chicken broth or stock

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 -2 green onions, minced

Salt to taste

A few drops of sesame oil, soy sauce, Srirachi or grated fresh ginger (optional)

Preparation: In a saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the salt, and the other optional ingredients if using. Cook another minute. In a steady stream, very slowly pour in the eggs and stir. Garnish with green onion and serve.