(Closed) Feeling under the weather, need advice.

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
8527 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

buzzingbridex:  I think this is just something that’s going around. Sounds a lot like what I had in September. The cough stuck around for over a month, and now almost 2 months later, I’m no longer coughing but my voice is still scratchy. Very weird. I know a couple other people who’ve had a mild cold recently with a cough that lingered forever. Don’t really think a doctor can do much… maybe a prescription cough med might help, but I just drank a lot of water and took OTC stuff.

Post # 3
3689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m experiencing the same thing, with the cough only being really bad at night.  Every now and then I do cough up mucus, though.  The NP at the urgent care I went to on Saturday diagnosed me with bronchitis.  The benzonatate pearls they prescribed did nothing for me.  I called them today, and they prescribed a cough syrup.  My first dose was 3 hours ago, but I’m still coughing a bit.

My only real relief has been lozenges.  Not the nasty tasting ones either, but the Hall’s strawberry Fruit Breezers.  

This is something I go through about once every year.  It takes me weeks to get rid of it.

Post # 5
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If your an asthma sufferer, these kinds of dibilating coughs are common this time of year.  I usually end up using a corticosteroid inhaler and it really helps immensely open up your broncial tubes.  I had something very similar to you last year and had this ongoing cough for so long that my internist sent me for all types of testing and my oxygen level was even low.  Nothing to mess around with.  I started a medrol dose pack and my inhaler and after suffering for nearly 3 weeks, I was feeling better after two days.  

Feel better whatever the outcome! 


Post # 6
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Try a spoonful of honey in a small amount of warm water. A little gross to drink that straight, but it really helps calm a cough.

Post # 7
5159 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

buzzingbridex:  I had a cold not too long ago that left me with a cough like that for up to 3 weeks. I was coughing up mucus a bit so it wasn’t a dry cough. I bet your doctor could give you a cough suppressant.

Post # 8
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

This is going to sound crazy, and I have to be honest that I’ve never actually tried it, BUT the pregnant girl who sits across from me at work SWEARS by this (family remedy, I think it’s a cultural thing?): mix equal parts honey with (preferrably fresh) ground black pepper, until it’s a thick paste. Eat little bits at a time. Something about the combination is supposed to make your cough stop! She told me this because I was coughing CONSTANTLY — unfortunately, I never actually got to try this remedy because I found out later that day that I had (/am still recovering from, this was a recent event) pneumonia, so I’ve been on antibiotics + a temporary inhaler for breathing stuff, and those have made my cough go away. But you should try the honey + black pepper and report back!!

Post # 9
46972 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

buzzingbridex:  Cough can be a symptom of asthma the same as wheezing.

Are you using a steroid inhaler and a ventolin (bronchodilator)? What directions did you get re the use of the steroid inhaler if you are on one? You may need to increase the dose initially, then taper down after the cough is under control. Talk to a doctor or a pharmacist if you need help.

Post # 10
2393 posts
Buzzing bee

buzzingbridex:  When was your last physical? If your immune system is down, you could be more vulnerable to a lingering cold because your system can’t fight it off. Blood work could give some clues.


Post # 11
139 posts
Blushing bee

I have asthma and I suffer from dry coughing spells relatively often, sometimes after an illness the dry hack lasts months.  The best thing for me, hot water, hot tea… all day and night.  Seriously, drink HOT beverages often.  Peppermint tea is a favorite of mine, warm water with some lemon and honey is good too.  

Steamy showers and Hall lozenges will help a little.  A Robitussen cough supressant *as long as there isn’t a lot of mucus* is helpful for nighttime.

Good luck.

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