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My doctor actually told me to do this.....just allow a couple of squares of good quality plain chocolate to melt in the mouth and soak the back of the throat. This alleviates the irritated membranes, and calms the coughing.
It was an emergency - I had no 'good quality plain chocolate - but by heck, the luscious salted caramel gorgeousness I had in the fridge worked just as well.
Another dodgy damaged lungs person here. If I develop a cough it generally lasts between 8 and 12 weeks, so 3/4 weeks Chocqueen99 sounds about normal to me. But I've never tried the vinegar on sugar remedy or the grated ginger one either, so I shall buy the necessary ingredients ready for my next cough.
Once I have a cough, i find i need to avoid dairy products for a while. They don't appeal anyway.
Then drink lots of fluids: grate some fresh ginger, add half a lemon and fill up with hot water, add a teaspoon of honey. I use a large glass coffee pot to mix up a lot and sip it all day. Before bed, a mug of honey and lemon with a slug of alcohol puts me out for the night. Lots of sleep. And the vick on the soles of your feet works for me, too.