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Suggestions for this cough before I turn inside out?
Had a common/garden cold a week or so ago. Now have a horrible hacking (productive - yuck) cough. Comes and goes in severity but I haven't slept a night through in the last 10 nights. I really don't think it's a chest infection. No other symptoms and I feel fine apart from these coughing spasms. It's driving me bonkers and scaring the dc. Any suggestions?
Try breathing steam with lavender essential oil to ease it. One teaspoon of organic cider vinegar 3-4 times a day can be helpful. You can mix it or chase it down with honey. But if the cough is not significantly better a week or two after the cold is over, you ought to get checked over by the GP.
I take Manuka honey straight off the spoon, it has a nice taste. Stronger than regular honey. Buy the strongest one you can afford.
You can (and I have) use Manuka on wounds, cuts, burns etc. Its fabulous stuff.
Re the cough. How long have you been coughing? More than the 10 nights? Most coughs are self limiting and will clear themselves but it can take weeks. If you are short of breath, wheezy or the mucus is green/yellow then its best to be checked over by the GP.
Thanx all. Slept through last night but still hacky this morning. Will go out for manuka honey shortly. I don't think it is an infection - 'product' is white if anything, not green/yellow and in myself I feel fine between coughs. However, agreed with dh to go to GP Thurs if no better. He and the dc are wincing every time I cough!
Oh the manuka honey is marvellous. Not a honey lover, so my face is a picture during ingestion but it does work..I wonder how. I think I am on the mend. I can breath all the way in without spluttering. However, now ears have popped and won't unpop. But I've just spent 3 hours in a school governors' meeting so they may just be protesting at all the rbbish they've had to listen to.