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    Default Any cures or tricks....???

    ....for that darn tickle in your throat (when you have a cold) that makes you cough so hard you choke, your eyes water, you start to sweat ....because you can't get deep enough to scratch the tickle.

    I hate this....water doesn't always help and I end up getting these spasms throughout the day.

    Just wondered if anyone had a good cure?

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    Well...there's the usual cough drops...

    Warm tea usually helps me a lot. And to help knock out the throat/cough problems I use 12 drops of liquid grapefruit seed extract (not grape seed) in about a cup of cold water... Usually gets rid of the bug faster... Tastes AWFUL, though!! I hate bein' sick, so a yucky taste and getting well faster are worth it to me.

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    Warm tea or hot chocolate is a quick fix that can usually get you over the current fit you are having.

    I once went to an ENT specialist for this same problem. There are two solutions that work really well, especially if the problem is allergic or viral in nature. One is Zyrtec (which you can now get over the counter).

    The other is children's liquid Benadryl (yes, my ENT guy said use the kids' stuff!). This helps for allergies and those occasional viral throat problems you get where your throat feels itchy and just looks kind of red and spotty, but not a full-blown bacterial infection. He likes the liquid because it provides local relief and stops the itching. The cheaper generic version works just fine too.

    Those are the two I use (not ever at the same time! LOL! You'd be loopy) and have recommended to friends with no complaints.

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    I usually have lemon tea with honey. Lots of honey. Sometimes in the middle of the coughing fit, or when I feel it coming on, I just eat a spoonful of honey. It seems to coat the throat and keep the cough down.

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    Squeeze one whole lemon into a cup, add a tablespoon of honey, add water heat in microwave. This usually clears up my throat and stops the cough.

    You can also make a cough syrup with lemon juice, honey, whiskey/bourbon and a little water. Take a tbs as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballylarkin View Post
    ....for that darn tickle in your throat (when you have a cold) that makes you cough so hard you choke, your eyes water, you start to sweat ....because you can't get deep enough to scratch the tickle.

    I hate this....water doesn't always help and I end up getting these spasms throughout the day.

    Just wondered if anyone had a good cure?
    I had this problem last winter. My allergies were acting up but I didnt realize it until 8 months later when I went to see an allergy specialist.

    Treat the root of the problem not the symptoms. (ok soothing helps make you feel good but treat the root while yer at it!)

    If you have a cold, as you said - try an allergy tablet or a sinus/cold tablet to dry out your sinus'. When that dries up, you wont get the post nasal drip which tickles your throat. My doctor had me take serious codeine cough syrup to stop me from hacking my lungs out. I was at work and everyone thought I was going to die every hour when I coughed. I got sent home from work repeatedily but c'mon...I had it for 8 months - its not a cold!

    To cure the symptoms - when my throats feeling that dry, I usually take a Cepacol or Strepsil to kill anything then a regular full sugared cough candy as the sugar will coat the throat. I reccomend Ricola in whatever flavour you want, just make sure its full sugar. I sucked 5 back to back until I felt some relieft. Hot liquids are always good to keep your throat hydrated as well as yourself. Hot water, lemon and LOTS of honey.

    I hope you feel better.

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    I've been going through the same thing with this cold/flu that I've just about gotten over. Mine usually happened during the night, wake me up with a fit of coughing, feeling like I had a feather lodged in my throat and just cough and cough and cough. I would get up, drink some hot spiced cider (comes in a pkg. like hot choc. mix, only 80 calories too) and then have a teaspon of honey before I'd go back to bed. That would usually get me through the rest of the night. There were a couple of nights that I slept with a cough drop in my mouth which I hate to do for dental reasons. Hope you're feeling better.

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    Try one cup hotwater 2-3 T honey and a 1/2 tsp ground cloves 3 times a day. This has worked wonders for our family for years.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    I can't help you but will sure try some of these myself next time
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    Pure lemon juice/honey/tblsp. whiskey.
    or try 1 cup water/2tblsp apple cider vinegar./2tblsp honey

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    When I'm stuffed up and have to breathe through my mouth, that dries up my throat and makes me cough, but I'm sensitive (not really allergic) to both eucalyptus and camphor, common cough drop ingredients. Not to mention, they taste awful. I use something cheap, peppermints. Sugar free if I can find them, so I don't rot my teeth as well, but they taste yummy, keep my throat moist and give me minty fresh breath, and stave off my craving for sweets! Quite the multitasker!

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    I've had this horrible cough (from bronchitis) for more than a week now. I've eaten so many cough drops I have sores on my tongue from the menthol. I haven't been able to taste the real taste of food since my tongue is so raw.
    I've also tried not drinking anything cold -- or at least without ice -- tea either hot or room temp.; juice, soda and water at room temp. Seems to help a little bit.

    Was told by a gentleman in the restaurant at lunchtime (when we went out for Valentine's Day) that he's been taking warm honey with lots of cinnamon; he says it coats the throat.

    When I was really bad with congestion and such, i make a 'tea' with ginger root and/or garlic. Take small saucepan with water and add finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger root and garlic cloves, crushed/minced fine. Tastes awful, but it does seem to 'cure' whatever it is you have. At the very least it makes you smell soooo bad that no one wants to be near you because of the garlic smell.

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    Hard candies of any kind always seem to help. I also love the honey suggestion.
    I personally have started using horehound candy. It really relieves the tickle. My husband uses it as well. It's an old time candy - you can usually find at drug store in white bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by POOTERSMOMMY View Post
    Hard candies of any kind always seem to help. I also love the honey suggestion.
    I personally have started using horehound candy. It really relieves the tickle. My husband uses it as well. It's an old time candy - you can usually find at drug store in white bags.
    Our Dollar Tree dollar store carries the horehound candy you're referring to. I love the stuff. They taste a bit like the original version of Ricola cough drops.

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    Well I know where my cough is coming from, but still am stumped on what to do about it. Mine is coming from my blood pressure meds. I mentioned it to the Dr. and he told me because this medication is working is well on keeping my BP normal, I should live with it. But I'm not sure I can, I cough till I gag, its terrible when your out in public, I sound like I'm really sick, so when people look I feel compelled to tell them it's the meds. Guess I'll have to go back to the Dr. and be a little more assertive when it comes to talking about this cough.

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