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2. Gargle Salt Water

Perhaps one of the most well-known and practical solutions for coughing is gargling. Gargling with salt water four to five times a day can help calm a cough by loosening mucus, therefore flushing out bacteria and easing inflammation. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water for the best results. The salt can draw excess fluid from cells, easing inflammation, dislodge phlegm hanging in the throat, and reduce soreness.

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