Thinning the mucus that is trapped in your airways is one way to deal with your cough.
There are simple things you can do to help thin your mucus; most solutions can be found around your house:
- Drink lots of fluids (water, tea, soup, etc)
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer or take a steamy shower
You can also help soothe an overworked throat by sucking on a hard candy.