What to do to heal from a cough?
December 20, 2013 12:11 PM Subscribe
In week 4 of a cough they say I just have to wait out. What can I do to speed things along here?
posted by JoannaC to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Firstly: you are not my doctor. Secondly: I have seen a real doctor. Basically, the cough started about four weeks ago. I went after four days and they said I just have to wait it out, that the bugs are really bad this year and that they can't give out antibiotics for 'just a cough' anymore. My boss, and several others, had it and heard the same from their doctors.
My boss told me she felt better exactly one day after the three-week mark, so I went back to the dr when I didn't and he said that the bad news is they really REALLY can't give antibiotics for a cough, but the good news is I have an ear infection which they totally can give antibiotics for. That was four days ago. I am for the most part on the mend, but I still have 1-2 episodes a day of severe coughing where I cough pretty much non-stop for half an hour or more, and then it suddenly goes away.
Isn't there anything else I can do? Supplements I can take? Foods I can eat? I am doing the soups, the teas, taking a puffer, taking the antibiotics and everything. What else can I do?