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Home Remedy For Nasal Drip Cough

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else having allergy problems this time of year ?
    I have red eyes, post nasal drip, non stop coughing, my one ear hurts a little and on the same side my tonsil is swollen...

    any home remedies ? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have them all year round. Benadryl helps with the post nasal drip, also Afrin or Dristan will clear up your nose, Tylenol for the tonsil and hot tea.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are home remedies for Post Nasal Drip?
    It's so horrible. At school and home I can't stop coughing and the mucus will not come out of the back of my throat. It's annoying. I drink a lot of water too. What are home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I have this too! Are you on a nasal spray for it?? The only thing i was told was to drink pineapple juice, as it contains something which is a natural cleanser, so it helps to clear your throat. I think it helps a bit. Do you get the feeling like you need to cough coming up from your chest?
      Also, sleeping more upright helps a bit too.

  3. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies or over the counter stuff I can take for post nasal drip?
    Does anyone out there have post nasal drip? What do you use to clear it up?

    I am constantly clearing my throat and it's pretty annoying.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Nasonex spray can help - not sure if it is prescription only.
      Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for pnd.
      The throat clearing isn't so bad, it's when you are in a shop and a large drip has "gone down the wrong way" - you start choking and coughing and everyone either stares at you or edges away in case you have the plague!

  4. QUESTION:
    What to do to get rid of a raspy nagging cough?
    I have a raspy, nagging cough. I have a slight runny nose, but it's mostly just a cough. like i feel a tickle in my throat and it doesn't go away, and i cough a lot. or if i am talking i'll randomly just need to cough.
    how can you get rid of that? preferably a home remedy. thankss!

    • ANSWER:
      what you have is called post nasal drip.
      it is caused by your sinuses dripping down the back of your throat.

      what you need to stop it is any antihistamine. you can save money and buy a store brand

  5. QUESTION:
    what to do about post nasal drip?
    I have a horrible sore throat. I feel nauseous, and I'm afraid if I cough the lump in my throat that I'm start to puke.
    Overall, I'm just miserable, and I've got a huge diving meet tomorrow. I'm so desperate to feel better.
    Going to the doctor isn't really an option because I have the meet tomorrow at 7AM, and it's 9:30PM right now.
    I think I got it from seasonal allergies also.
    What are some home remedies that I could use?

    • ANSWER:
      i have the perfect answer for you. Ever use a netipot or sinurinse. They are sold at wal-mart and any local CVS or walgreens they are miracles in a bottle. Its very easy to use and very safe its saline water. I prefer the sinurinse because its easier to use and doesnt make you feel like your drowning. Its also very cheap. I used to suffer daily with those symptoms and since i started using that it has helping so much. you can use it twice every day. After the first rinse you will feel better after the second you will feel 100% percent. trust me it works. I didn't believe my aunt who swore by it until i tried it. Ive tried everything from nasal sprays like oxymetazoline to pheneprine and any anti congestive pill known to man. They work well for a stuffy nose for a few days but that is it. The sinurinse works every time and is very safe to use twice daily. Since i have not had a cold or sinus congestion. I stopped using it about 3 months ago and now suffer with your symptoms daily i also have bronchial pneumonia i am fighting through now. YUK. If its seasonal allergies this is your best friend. While using it spray the bottle up one nostril while strictly breathing from your mouth only then to the same to the other nostril. All the directions are included you can pick it up from wal-mart for under 20 bucks. Good luck at your swim meet and i hope you feel better soon. ps its a little strange the first time.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of the tickle in your throat that makes you cough?
    im sick/coughing and I get that stupid tickle in my throat that makes me cough nonstop until I almost puke. It sucks. How do you get rid of it??!!! pleaseeee help.

    • ANSWER:
      ziyan, A throat tickle can be caused by a wide variety of things. Sometimes a tickling, scratchy throat can indicate the onset of a cold. Allergies to foods or food additives, and environmental allergies to smoke, dust mites, mold, or pollen, can result in an itchy, tickling throat. Post-nasal drip or a dry throat can irritate the throat and cause a tickle. Various home remedies have been suggested that may address this condition.
      Some people notice a throat tickle right before a sore throat or other cold symptoms appear. If the cold is accompanied by a cough, the tickle may be caused by the scratching of the throat's lining as the air is expelled from the lungs. Each time a person coughs, the lining of the throat is scratched and initiates another round of a throat tickle.
      Allergies to nuts, shellfish and other foods are quite common. Environmental allergies to pollen, dust, and other airborne substances are also very prevalent. Allergies can result in an itchy, stuffy nose and cause post-nasal drip, i.e. excess mucous that drips from the sinuses down the back of the throat. Post-nasal drip is one of the most common causes of throat irritation.
      Remedies for an irritated, scratchy throat are quite varied. Sometimes simply drinking water will ease the symptoms. Over-the-counter cold lozenges have also been known to help this condition.
      Some home remedies for a throat tickle are quite unique. According to one folk remedy, a good way to deal with a tickling throat is to chew on whole cloves. Other people say that eating a piece of very well-toasted bread without butter or jam is guaranteed to bring relief. Hot water mixed with honey and lemon juice is another commonly recommended throat remedy. Aloe vera juice mixed with water and used as a gargle works to relieve a throat tickle, according to some folk wisdom.
      Throat remedies involving apple cider vinegar, in combination with various other ingredients, are widely used. Apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water, sipping as needed, has been used to relieve a scratchy throat. Crushed vitamin C mixed with apple cider vinegar may work to stop a throat tickle when used as a gargle several times a day. Another apple cider vinegar cure calls for mixing apple cider vinegar, honey, and ground cayenne pepper and using it as a mouth rinse or gargle throughout the day.

      If the throat tickle does not go away with home treatment, a visit to the doctor may be necessary. The physician can do an examination to determine the cause of the throat tickle. In some instances, the doctor might write a prescription for a particular medication that could help. If the cause of the throat tickle is not apparent, the doctor can make a referral to a specialist.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy or health food store remedy for chronic post nasal drip that causes a cough?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi sis Camille,

      I have got this issue too. I dont know about coughing but sure it is quite distracting. You can always buy a nasal inhaler or something from the chemist if you arent allergic to this modern chemicals.

      But im sure they have something more natural in the health food store which is more like some remedies that strengthen the actual body than a quick fix.

      For what I do when i have nasal drip, i usually tilt my head facing the roof, and cover one of nostrils and blow, this way it has more space when you blow. This is what i've read around anyways.

      Also drinking a tablespoon/teaspoon (depends how much you can handle) can help ease the throat. Drink water after though coz it burns a bit...

      God Bless

      Frank

  8. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of throat and chest congestion and fever?
    It's been lasting for 9 days. I cough in the middle of the night and during the day. It hurts when i swallow. I sometimes feel hot chilly dizzy. not much of an appettite. Ive tried tons of medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      You've left out a few symptoms such as the color of the sputem and what apparently over-the-counter medications you have tried.

      I assume that you do not want to see a doctor about this and that might be a mistake. The first thing I thought after a knee jerk reaction of flu or rhinitis was a strep infection because you are exhibiting those symptoms:
      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/strep_throat/article_em.htm

      And if you do have strep throat, you need professional treatment. Letting a strep infection go untreated can result in some more serious problems down the road. Personally, I'd see a doctor (and I almost never do that but strep isn't a good home remedy risk.)

      You can treat the symptoms of strep at home but you will not be treating the underlying cause, the streptococcal bacteria,.which is highly contagious. And professional treatment is a must.

      For the congestion and post nasal drip (which might be causing the sore throat) you can try steaming with vinegar. Yes, it is an old wives treatment but there are medicinal reasons for it including the antibiotic, antibacterial claims. Personally I'm not convinced that it makes a difference if it is white or apple cider vinegar. The importance is that you boil the vinegar and then sit with a funnel of cardboard or a rolled magazine and direct the steam to your nose and mouth - nasal breathing would be best but it may take awhile before you can clear your nose enough to breath through it. So steam your nasal passages for about 10-15 minutes and repeat in a few hours.

      Have you tried echinecea and golden seal capsules? Since you have so much congestion, I'd add slippery elm capsules, fenugreek and thyme capsules as well as cranberry capsules. 2 each about 4 or 5 times a day. You must drink at least a cup of water with the cranberry caps.

      I realize that you have a fever and chills but you need to remain sufficiently hydrated.

      No matter what you try, I think it is time for a throat culture and for that you need medical attention.

      If you do have strep and go onto a course of antibiotics, try eating a good yogurt daily. If you don't like yogurt, at least follow up with a course of acidophilus to restore the friendly flora in the gut.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus

      I'm sorry that you are ill. If money is the issue for not seeing a physician, check for the free clinics in your area.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to stop clear mucous in the back of the throat?
    I need to clear this mucous, I had a cold mucous cough in mid december not sure if it that still. But i remember even before the cold I kept in the mornings coughing up clear mucous (thin) and that is what im doing now.

    I use nasal irrigation,
    decongestant
    steam,
    water.

    These things have temporarily made things better but at the end of each day I still feel mucous floating around as it keeps blocking my voice when i talk.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the easiest natural ways of keeping the throat cavity free from mucus is to blow one’s nose on a regular basis as this will cause the mucus to be expelled from the nasal cavity and thereby not drip into the throat cavity. Another highly effective and commonly used natural treatment for mucus in the throat is to gargle one’s throat with some warm water which has a pinch of salt dissolved in it. The salt tends to absorb the excess mucus which has accumulate din the respiratory passage and the warm water helps in clearing up the blocked passages. In case the mucus is formed in the throat because of smoking then it should be stopped immediately. Similarly another home remedy for mucus in the throat is to prepare some tomato soup and then add garlic, ginger, ground pepper and salt to this soup. When consumed, this soup will help cough out the phlegm and also minimize the formation of additional mucus in the throat. One can also have a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice which has the juice of one lemon added to it.

      Vitamin C that is present in abundance in these citrus fruits helps in preventing infections and boosts the immunity of the body. Another home remedy for mucus in the throat is to prepare a paste of two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of ginger powder and then consuming this paste quite a few times a day. This paste helps in thinning the mucus and thereby allowing it to be easily expelled form the body while coughing and sneezing. Excess mucus can also be successfully dealt with by adding half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm milk and consuming this mixture at least twice a day. One should also try and stop eating any cold foods; yogurt, ice cream and the like, as this tends to make the mucus denser and thereby further obstruct the throat cavity. Instead, one should consume plenty of fluids such as milk, water and tea which helps in thinning out the mucus and also ensures that the body is hydrated.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can i unclog my nose?
    i cant breathe through my nose... i tried the neti pot and the water wouldnt even go through it.
    what are some home remedies?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Drain your sinus by allowing gravity to do the work.

      Lay face down on the bed, couch/sofa (a pit group is best), or even a table.
      Place a container, bowl, or box with paper towels inside below your nose and let gravity drain your sinus (nasal fluid) into the container. This will solve your problem.

      I use this practice and know that it is very efficient in stopping a cold in 1 day, by preventing nasal congestion, sore throat, and post nasal drip (nasal fluid dripping down the back of the throat).
      Nasal fluid dripping down the back of the throat will cause you to start coughing and have a headache.
      The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Cold symptoms usually build slowly (virus multiplying due to nasal fluid buildup) over the course of a day or two, peak by days three or four, then slowly improve around the fifth or seventh day. Sometimes colds can set in the sinuses and cause swelling, which prevents the flow of mucus. These colds can actually turn into a sinus infection.
      You body will try to get rid of the cold/virus by sneezing and coughing, by allowing gravity to drain the nasal fluid your speeding up the process.

      Do not use decongestant, or cough medication.
      The use of decongestant decrease drainage and cough medications suppress coughs, you working against you bodies ability to expel the cold/virus.
      You must expel the mucus that’s causing the cough, sore throat .

  11. QUESTION:
    How long do colds typically last?
    I have this cold a little over a week. It started as a sore throat then not feeling well. The stuffy nose, post nasel drip, and then coughing. The sore throat has mainly gone away. I have a slight fever of 99.3. I'm still not feeling much better and all symptoms persuit. Could this even be a cold? Or just a Really long one? I don't really have allergies either.

    • ANSWER:
      Most people recover from a common cold in about a week or two. If symptoms don't improve, see your doctor.

      Lifestyle and home remedies

      You may not be able to cure your common cold, but you can make yourself as comfortable as possible. These tips may help:

      * Drink lots of fluids. Water, juice, tea and warm soup are all good choices. They help replace fluids lost during mucus production or fever. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration, and cigarette smoke, which can aggravate your symptoms.
      * Try chicken soup. Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does seem to help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that help the body's response to inflammation. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the time viruses are in contact with the nasal lining.
      * Get some rest. If possible, stay home from work if you have a fever or a bad cough, or are drowsy from medications. This will give you a chance to rest as well as reduce the chances that you'll infect others. Wear a mask when you have a cold if you live or work with someone with a chronic disease or compromised immune system.
      * Adjust your room's temperature and humidity. Keep your room warm, but not overheated. If the air is dry, a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten the air and help ease congestion and coughing. Be sure to keep the humidifier clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds.
      * Soothe your throat. Gargling with warm salt water several times a day or drinking warm lemon water with honey may help soothe a sore throat and relieve a cough.
      * Use saline nasal drops. To help relieve nasal congestion, try saline nasal drops. You can buy these drops over-the-counter, and they're effective, safe and nonirritating, even for children. To use in babies, put several drops into one nostril, then immediately bulb suction that nostril. Repeat the process in the opposite nostril. Doing this before feeding your baby can improve your child's ability to nurse or take a bottle, and before bedtime it may improve sleep.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have tonsilitis- What will make me feel better?
    I have a very sore throat, cough, chest pain, vomiting, stuffy nose and post nasal drip. I thought I had strep but my doc said it was just severe tonsilitis. I'm taking the perscription but I still have throat and chest pain. Any home remedy ideas you can throw at me? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      tea with honey and lemon. Popsicles, drink lots of fluids and rest, butterscotch rather than cough drops for your throat. coke syrup or just coke with the bubbles stirred out for the vomiting.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best cure to get rid of mucus lodged in my throat?
    I have been drinking lots of herbal tea, water, and using vick's vaporizer. Also i also have been eating a lot of citrus fruit like lemons and oranges. What else can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal tea does not worsen the position further but may not give permenant relief to your problem. I suggest the following -

      Drink water, drink juices and drink all types of liquids a lot. . Adequate hydration helps thin mucus. You may also try something like OTC medication like benaryl, claritin, or zyrtec. It may be some post nasal drip and sinus drainage. The mucinex may not stop the drainage but should make it thinner. I would take the mucinex which can be purchased in generic form and an antihistamine together and increase fluid intake. If that doesn't help see you doctor.

      Apart from this youo can also try some home remedies which may cure or give relief to your problem and taste tasty and they are very effective -

      1. Pound some 100 g fresh ginger into 600 ml of water. Grate a lemon and add a pinch of cayenne pepper. bring to a boil for about 20 mins. Cool it and squeeze lemon juice into it. Strain off and drink. This drink helps to remove your mucus, encourages circulation.

      2. You can also try using extracts of these three plants - thyme, cloves and cinnamon to loosen your phlegm so that you can cough it out easily. it is very effective and used in hospitals,. clinics and doctors over 20 countries. Visit www.sinushomeremedy.com on how to effectively use it to rid your mucus.

      I hope the above action will give you relief. Best wishes. -

  14. QUESTION:
    What is a good over the counter medication or home remedy for a head cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment(s) for Influenza/Cold :-

      Head remedy; restlessness with prostration and excessive thirst at short intervals Arsenic Album 30, 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Influenzinum 200 and Sulphur 200, 4 hourly

      Early stage with chill and sneezing; heaviness and tiredness of body and limbs; loss of thirst, bursting headache; relief from passing large quantities of pale urine Gelsemium 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Severe pains in limbs and back; bones feel 'broken', bursting headache; shivering,and chills in back; eyeballs sore Eupatorium Perf 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Rapid prostration; high fever, gastric symptoms; dull red face, nervousness Kali Phos.6X or 30, 4 hourly

      With dry, hacking cough; headache is worse after least movement; wants to lie still and alone; better by pressure, tongue is coated white; great thirst Bryonia Alba 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Patient very chilly; feels cold even in bed; least movement or exposure intensifies the sensation of cold; fresh shivering and chill after drinking; aching in limbs and back; nose stuffed up at night Nux Vomica 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Severe pains in back and thighs; chilliness, no fire or heat can warm up the patient; rapid pulsation with temperature not proportionately high; restlessness; violent pulsations; bruised feeling all over Pyrogenium 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Cold/Catarrh/Coryza :-

      1st Stage :-

      Icy coldness of whole body; internal and external both.
      To give heat to the system Camphor 6X or 30, 1/2 hourly

      Cold due to sudden exposure to dry cold wind; chilly feeling; headache, watering of eyes and sneezing;a nxiety and fear; feverish feeling Aconite 30 or 200, 2 hourly

      Running of nose during day and blockage at night with chilly feeling Nux vomica 30, 3 hourly

      Cold with sneezing and profuse from eyes and nose; worse in warmth and indoor; better in open air Allium Cepa 30, 3 hourly

      Dryness of nose with headache; worse from motion; thirst more; lips parched and dry; stools constipated Bryonia 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Sneezing; watering of nose and eyes; throat sore with constant desire to swallow saliva; foul smell from mouth; feverish feeling with sweat which do not relieve. Worse at night Mercurius Sol 30 3 hourly

      Watering and burning of eyes with streaming nose; acrid discharges Euphrasia 30, 3 hourly

      Chilly feeling though face is hot; restlessness; unquenchable thirst, drinks often but little at a time; better hot drinks Arsenic Album 30, 3 hourly

      Acrid discharge from the nose which corrodes the upper lip. Nose filled with phelgm; breathes through the mouth Arum Triph 30, 3 hourly

      Cold; running of nose and sneezing; redness and pain forehead; watering eyes Sabadilla 30, 4 hourly

      Cold;pain throat; red face, rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Aching pain; dullness; chilliness in back; sneezing; bland and thick discharge from nose; feverish; better by passing urine Gelsemium 30, 3 hourly

      Coryza with sneezing and aching in bones of extremities with soreness of flesh Eup Perf 30, 3 hourly

      Cold; better from cold bathing Calcarea Sulph 30, 4 hourly

      Dripping of nose while eating Trombidium 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Dripping of nose while going to sleep Thuja Occ 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Dry coryza; sniffles of infants, blockage of nose Sambucus Nig 30, 4 hourly

      2nd Stage :-

      Discharge from nose; yellowish or greenish; stringy Kali Bich 30, 4 hourly

      Greenish yellow mucous from nose; loss of taste and thirst; better open air Pulsatilla 30, 4 hourly

      Thick yellow discharge from nose; post nasal cattarh; constipation Hydrastis Can 30, 4 hourly

      Watering from nose like a tap; thirst more; stools constipated; cold aggravates till noon and ameliorates after noon Natrum Mur 30 (in acute stage Bryonia 30), 4 hourly

      In fat and flabby patient; worse after bathing; chilly patient Calcarea Carb.200, 6 hourly

      Watery discherge from the nose and finally it becomes thick, yellow. Pain in the throat on swallowing as if full of splinters; sensitive to cold Hepar Sulph 30, 4 hourly

      Cold worse early morning; chronic; dry catarrh; aversion to take bath Sulphur 200 weekly (3 Doses)

      Chronic catarrh; dry coryza, with blockage of nose; worse change of weather and cold Psorinum 200 weekly (3 Doses)

      Chronic cases with tubercular history Tuberculinum k 200 or 1M, fortnightly (6 Doses)

      Obstinate chronic cases when indicated remedy fails Bacillinum 1M, weekly (3 Doses) .

      Choose the remedy which is most similar to the patients symptoms, Do not try to mix or exceed the given dosage or remedy.
      Take Care and God Bless You !

  15. QUESTION:
    What's the best home remedies for coughing?
    Ive been having this cough for 5 days already, and it just wont stop....specially at night it really bothers me!=//

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what is causing the cough...

      Post-nasal drip (and subsequent throat irritation): dry up nasal secretions with something like diphenhydramine.

      GERD: antacids / acid suppressants (like omeprazole or ranitidine)

      Asthma: appropriate therapy with albuterol and corticosteroids if needed

      and others....If it's bothersome talk to a pharmacist (useful for initial screening but not qualified for more thorough workups) or physician to pinpoint the cause and get it taken care of.

  16. QUESTION:
    What can help a sore throat?
    My throat is sore and my voice sounds kinda dry and rusty... So what are some like remedies for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Home treatment is usually all that is needed for a sore throat caused by a virus. These tips may help you feel better.

      Gargle with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort:
      Gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz (240 mL) of warm water.
      If you have postnasal drip, gargle often to prevent more throat irritation.
      Prevent dehydration. Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. Hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease throat irritation.
      Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.
      Warm or cool mist may help you feel more comfortable by soothing the swollen air passages. It may also relieve hoarseness. But don't let your room become uncomfortably cold or very damp.
      Use a shallow pan of water to provide moisture in the air through evaporation if you don't have a humidifier. Place the pan in a safe location where no one will trip on it or fall into it.
      Do not smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid secondhand smoke. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
      If you suspect that problems with stomach acid may be causing your sore throat, see the topic Heartburn.
      Consider taking nonprescription medicine for your symptoms.

      Use nonprescription throat lozenges.
      Some nonprescription throat lozenges, such as Sucrets Maximum Strength or Spec-T, are safe and effective and have medicine (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain.
      Regular cough drops may also help.
      Use a decongestant.
      Decongestants make breathing easier by shrinking swollen mucous membranes in the nose, allowing air to pass through. They also help relieve a runny nose and postnasal drip, which can cause a sore throat.
      Decongestants can be taken orally or used as decongestant nasal sprays. Oral decongestants (pills) are probably more effective and provide longer relief but may cause more side effects.

  17. QUESTION:
    how do I get rid of this cold?
    I just developed a slight cold within the past few days. I don't have a fever or cough, just an annoying runny nose. I also have a date tomorrow and would like to feel better by then. Any home remedies would be appreciated. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Get some saline mist and snort it as often as you need. The rhino virus (the cause of your cold) can't survive in a moist environment. You will be blowing your nose more, but the virus will be on its way out.
      Gargle with warm salt water if your throat is sore from the post nasal drip (snot running down the back of your throat).
      Keep drinking plenty of fluids to keep your system flushed out and moist.
      Eat foods higher in sodium than you would normally. Chicken soup and potato chips are good choices.
      Get plenty of rest. Your body is stressed right now. You may even want to consider postponing your date. Let your date know you have a cold and don't want to spread it around. Your date should appreciate that. Besides, how much fun can you have if you haven't been feeling on top of your game?

  18. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for my cold?
    I have nasal drip, sore throat, and runny nose. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      The following works for sinus, cold, running nose, sore throat and strep throat, when the throat is hurting and lot of other conditions.

      The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. In case of cold, sore throat, strep throat also swelling is there but to some less extent then it is visible in sinus.

      Sinus, cold and sore throat usually happen in the following situations -

      - Change of season, drinking lot of water after exercises, when u get up in the morning, after swimming, after having first sex, kissing, first time smoking etc.

      The reason - The body has limited capacity to store water in places other hen cells and in blood systems. When we suddenly drink lot of water, that must be stored in the cells within a short period. If that does not happen the body tries to lose water through frequent urination, running nose, cough etc. This excess water is stored in layers of skin or muscles. This stored water outside cells reduces the cell metabolism drastically. That also causes the immune system to be done causing the bacteria growth. That does not need antibiotics. All it needs is reabsorption of that water in cells or blood system. That is possible only by reducing the water intake temporarily.

      During winters the cells of our body stores less water. This is evident from frequent loss of water from body throuhurination. Normally.

      Another thing that needs explanation is - why does sore throat happens in the morning often. The cellular metabolism is at 5 to 10% during sleep. So the excess water stored between layers of skin and muscles causes the metabolism to fall below the minimum threshold limit. That reduces the immune capacity of the body drastically.

      The same thing happens after swimming the body is heated up and cooled at the same time. It a person allows sweating after a swimming session and does not drink water or does not take a shower in cold water sore throat may not happen.

      After having first sex, kissing, first time smoking people tend to either overeat, drink lot of water and sleep immediately so sinus or sore throat happens.

      The easier way out is to allow body to sweat for 1 or 2 hour by increasing the body temperature but not drinking water or other fluids for may be 1 hour after that. But since cell metabolism is low during this period of cold and sinus, a person will seem to be excessively thirsty even after a short session of small exercise. Thru cell metabolism the water is transferred to blood system. If that happens at a rate slower then required rate the cells may overheat causing excessive thirst.

      The other easy way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours. This helps in lot of other ailments. One can do it when one is indoors. It improves the immune system. It ensures that body's control systems work properly.

      In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult.

      Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume.

      During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake.

      The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick.

      The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain.

      That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 10%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections.

      So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing.

      So it has already given u long term relief from sinus. But in some cases one may get sinus during next change of season and may have to do this again. The benefits of drinking lot of water is over hyped. So when winter starts to set in, people still force drink more water. Same thing happens when summer is setting in. As soon as summer comfort is there on increases the water intake drastically. But the cells of the body still does not need that excess supply of water.

  19. QUESTION:
    Coughing after sinus infection. Any advice on short term fix?
    I am leaving for Spain tomorrow, and I have a cough (resulting from previous sinus infection); I finished up my antibiotics, but I need suggestions for something over the counter to use while I'm on the trip so I won't be coughing all the time. Suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Your cough could be from post nasal drip caused by abnormal mucus production due to sinus infection.

      However, sinus infection could also lead to bronchitis if it is not completely treated.

      If it is just post-nasal drip, try to irrigate your sinuses through nasal irrigation so that bacteria do not collect in the nasal passage to cause a bacterial infection.

      The following articles could with your problem

      1. Bronchitis and sinus infection

      http://www.sinusinfectionhelp.com/bronchitis.html

      2. Home remedies for sinus infection

      http://www.sinusinfectionhelp.com/home_remedy.html

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers!

  20. QUESTION:
    Do oily foods make you cough more?
    I get wet coughs that mucous usually come up. My dad says you shouldn't it eat because you cough more.

    • ANSWER:
      One of the impt recommendations in a diet during cough is to avoid oily foods

      Oils have an annoying way of passing thru the esophagus (food pipe) which causes irritation in the throat. Even spicy foods must be avoided. A person with a cough problem will have a bout of coughing; when the first morsel of oily or spicy foods into their mouths.

      http://www.ayushveda.com/health/cough.htm

      •Avoid too oily foods, junk foods, cold foods, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, hot peppers, green peppers and chilies in the diet as they may further aggravate your cold, cough and post nasal drip.

      http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/askquestion/12119/cough-natural-treatment-i-have-post-nasal-drip-tha.html

  21. QUESTION:
    I have a cough and I've lost my voice. How do I get it back? 10 pts?
    The cough goes away with day&nightquil but somehow my voice has been gone for a day and a half now.

    My throat is not sore. I don't know whats wrong.

    What should I do?

    ps. no health insurance so OTC or home remedies, please.

    • ANSWER:
      Laryngitis symptoms usually go away on their own within 2 weeks. You can help speed your recovery with the following home treatment:

      Rest your voice. You do not have to stop speaking entirely, but use your voice as little as possible. Speak softly but do not whisper because whispering can actually irritate your larynx more than speaking softly. Avoid talking on the telephone or trying to speak loudly.
      Try not to clear your throat. This can cause further injury and inflammation to your larynx. Taking a nonprescription cough suppressant medicine may help if you have a dry cough that does not produce mucus.
      Stop smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Cigarette smoke irritates the throat and larynx and makes existing inflammation worse.
      Use a humidifier in your home. Humidity helps to thin the mucus in the nasal membranes that causes stuffiness or postnasal drip.
      Drink plenty of fluids.
      Relieve nasal stuffiness. The nose helps to humidify inhaled air, which keeps mucus at its proper consistency. A saline nasal wash may help.
      Treat and prevent gastroesophageal reflux. To help prevent or reduce reflux that can irritate or damage your larynx, try not to eat right before you go to bed, reduce the amount of coffee and alcohol you drink, and eat healthy foods. Taking nonprescription acid reducers can help when these prevention measures are not enough.

  22. QUESTION:
    My 15-year old has really severe allergies. He has taken Singulair & Claritin but none seem to work?
    Can anyone recommend a home remedy or an air purifier or humidifier that might help? (He goes through this every summer, we live in N.Y, N.Y)

    • ANSWER:
      Mucinex does help me when I'm out of everything else; it can help clear that post-nasal drip. Are you sure it's not a sinus infection (sinusitis)? I get that sometimes and the only thing that helps is antibiotics, or else I have trouble breathing (bad cough). Also, ask the doc about whether Nasonex may help -- my husband has allergy attacks and that helps him. Claritin and Singulair tend to stop working after you build up an immunity to it. Hope this helps, I know what a pain allergies are in dry weather!

  23. QUESTION:
    What exactly are tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) and how do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some info I found on websites:

      Tonsil Stones are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. They form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in everyone's tonsils. The scientific name for these white globs is tonsilloliths.

      It is only recently that the oral care community has begun to understand what these white spots actually are - many people have reported that their dentist told them that they were just extra food debris, which is not true!

      These tonsillar stones don't do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with you. However, they can be annoying (who wants to cough one up while they are kissing someone?), and sometimes they are an indication that you have bad breath.

      If you have ever broken open a tonsil stone, then you know that they smell absolutely terrible! The smell is actually caused by a combination of volatile sulfur compounds(methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), post nasal drip, and bacteria.

      They will only form in people who still have their tonsils; however, that does not mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed! Not too long ago, they were routinely removed for being swollen and inflamed. What was not understood then was that the tonsils' sole purpose is to prevent organisms and bacteria from traveling deeper in the throat.

      Tonsilloliths are not something that you have to live with - there are various treatments to get rid of them, without having your tonsils removed (which can be dangerous as people get older).

      Tonsillectomies are surgical procedures for removing tonsils. They are not necessary for tonsil stones; there are much easier methods for solving this problem. To get rid of tonsil stones, you may just need to gargle with warm salt water combined with lime juice. You can also squeeze your throat or use a syringe to dislodge them. However, some people may have a recurring problem, but they can use home remedies which normally take care of the tonsilloliths. Laser surgery may be needed for extreme cases, so be sure to consult your doctor if the problem is persistent.

  24. QUESTION:
    Should I go to Urgent Care?
    If this was a normal day, I'd go to my clinic. But it's closed today. In your opinion should I go to Urgent Care? Here are my symptoms:

    Runny Nose
    Sore and Very swollen throat
    itchy eyes
    sinus pain and pressure
    slight cough

    On the whole, I feel okay, but I'm pretty uncomfortable. I'd also appriciate suggestions on home remedies and such.

    Also, you have no way of knowing for sure, but do you think the urgent care clinic will be PACKED?

    • ANSWER:
      Urgent Care clinics tend to be more busy than regular clinics - I used to work at one. I just had this FLU and it lasted 2 weeks! I had a fever with mine though. It started with 2 days of sore throat and then the TRAIN hit me and I was miserable! I would take either Thera Flu or some kind of cold medicine that has Guaifenesin in it.. That helps loosen up the congestion in your sinuses and possibly in your chest since the sore throat could be because of post nasal drip. I would just take it easy. Lots of liquids and soup and stay in bed and watch movies all day and make the trip to the clinic tomorrow. Unless it's and emergency, Always better to see your normal doctor when you can since they see you on a regular basis with your previous records on hand.

  25. QUESTION:
    What can a nagging cough be a sign of? (more infor follows)?
    My grandmother is 75 years old and for the past few months she has had a nagging cough. She first began coughing frequently when she had a cold in mid- December but the cough went away when she got better. Then she had a relapse in January and since then she has had this cough that occurs every single day and night. SHe claims that it is like a tickle in her throat from her nasal drip. I have to be honest my mother is a smoker and has been living with my grandmother her whole life. How concerned should I be. Please give me all possibilities not just the worst cases. No uneducated responses please!

    • ANSWER:
      Cough is caused by a number of ailments.
      It can be treated by over the counter medicines
      or home remedies. More information available
      at http://ailments.in/cough.html

  26. QUESTION:
    how do i treat throat infection?
    i have sore throat ,pain in neck,deepen voice etc.then i see my mouth and see that there is little pox
    in my last of mouth then i consult doctor he said it is just infection take this tablets.after 5 days my voice getting more deepen and i started coughing .how do i treat this .suggest me some home remedies

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest going to a specialist (an ear-nose throat doctor - otolaryngologist)

      Some general medicine doctors would just give you antibiotics right away which should not be the case all the time. Sore throat could be viral or bacterial infection, caused by acid reflux, post nasal drip etc etc

      Possible Home remedies:

      - Gargle 4-5 times a day (Water+Salt). Do not use alcohol based mouthwashes
      - Drink plenty of fluids
      - No spicy foods
      - See an ENT Doctor

  27. QUESTION:
    What can a nagging cough be a sign of? (more info follows)?
    My grandmother is 75 years old and for the past few months she has had a nagging cough. She first began coughing frequently when she had a cold in mid- December but the cough went away when she got better. Then she had a relapse in January and since then she has had this cough that occurs every single day and night. SHe claims that it is like a tickle in her throat from her nasal drip. I have to be honest my mother is a smoker and has been living with my grandmother her whole life. How concerned should I be. Please give me all possibilities not just the worst cases. No uneducated responses please!

    • ANSWER:
      A cough is the body's response to inflammation or irritation in the throat, larynx, bronchial tubes or lungs.Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive.Here are a few simple home remedies that will help to overcome cough. Have honey in a hot drink before bed time.To relieve fits of coughing due to dryness in the throat, suck a few pepper corns. Check out http://useinfo6.blogspot.com/ for more remedies and information.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any home remedies for a sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Home treatment is usually all that is needed for a sore throat caused by a virus. These tips may help you feel better.

      * Gargle with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort:
      o Gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz of warm water.
      o If you have postnasal drip, gargle often to prevent more throat irritation.
      * Prevent dehydration. Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. Hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease throat irritation.
      * Use a vaporizer or cool air humidifier in your bedroom.
      o Warm or cool mist may help you feel more comfortable by soothing the swollen air passages. It may also relieve hoarseness. However, don't let your room become uncomfortably cold or very damp.
      o Use a shallow pan of water to provide moisture in the air through evaporation if you don't have a humidifier. Place the pan in a safe location where no one will trip on it or fall into it.
      * Do not smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid secondhand smoke. For more information, see the topic Quitting Tobacco Use.
      * If you suspect that problems with stomach acid may be causing your sore throat, see the topic Heartburn.

      Consider taking nonprescription medicine for your symptoms.

      * Use nonprescription throat lozenges.
      o Some nonprescription throat lozenges, such as Sucrets Maximum Strength or Spec-T, are safe and effective and have medication (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain.
      o Regular cough drops may also help.
      * Use a decongestant.
      o Decongestants make breathing easier by shrinking swollen mucous membranes in the nose, allowing air to pass through. They also help relieve a runny nose and postnasal drip, which can cause a sore throat.
      o Decongestants can be taken orally or used as decongestant nasal sprays. Oral decongestants (pills) are probably more effective and provide longer relief but may cause more side effects.

  29. QUESTION:
    Help prevent cold(20 characters)?
    I can tell it's the start of me getting a cold. Today I suffer from the dreaded post-nasal drip. That means the start of my cold. Any tips, tricks, home remedies to help me avoid this cold or make it go by faster?

    • ANSWER:
      follow these steps, it works for me EVERYTIME!
      1 : make sure to take benedril and sudefed twice a day to keep your nasal congestion at bay
      2 : drink LOTS of orange juice or vitamin c water (helps boost your immune system)
      3: gargle warm salt water to get rid of post nasasl drip
      4 : eat lots of cough drops, (one every hour)
      5 : bundle up in tons of blankets because research shows that the warmer you are, the faster your cold goes away
      6: get lots of sleep. you have to give your immune system a chance to fight off all the bad stuff

      Hope this helps! Best of luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Post nasal drip?
    I have had SEVERE post nasal drip every day for the last year and a half. I've already been to the doctors for it and had sinus x-rays(last year), and all he did was prescribe me a nasal spray, which really didn't help. I have since stopped taking it. The drip is so bad, that I'm coughing at hacking all day long, especially in the morning.

    Does anyone have any good home remedies for this sort of thing? I'm at my

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for you, same here. Nothing wrong, just a chronic sinus condition. The only thing that helps me, is blowing my nose ever so often. If I don't, I cough and cough. I had Flonase and it hasn't helped either. But I find if I drink my 8 Glasses of carbonated water, like Perrier or even the new carbonated waters from Canada Dry, I don't seem to have as much stuff draining down.
      Maybe its just my imagination, but I figure what the hell.
      Jessie Katso, I think you're a jerk. Needed your 2 points didn't yeh.

  31. QUESTION:
    Post Nasal Drip?
    I've had a sore throat since Tuesday and It just got worse and worse...now i have a runny nose, ears are clogged and driving me crazy...plus i have this cough that sounds horrible and is really grose cuz I feel and taste the felm in the back of my throat each time I cough. I think it may be Post Nasal Drip cuz I have all of the symptoms to it. What can I do about it? I'm sure the doc probably wont say much if i go so...is there anything home remedies i can use? Oh any OTC medications I can take for it?

    • ANSWER:
      If your house is too dry from running the heater, this will make you feel worse.
      Try to increase the moisture in your house by running a humidifier or putting a pot of water on the wood stove if you have one.
      You can get some spray called "Ocean" or "Ayr" at your pharmacy. It is sterile salt water and will really help your nose and throat.
      Milk and cheese make mucous thicken, so don't eat or drink milk products for a few days, until you get better.
      Also get yourself some nice flavored throat drops and make sure to drink lots of water and fruit juice.
      Hope this Helps!

  32. QUESTION:
    I have had post-nasal drip for 4 months, I'm going insane?
    I have tried many things.

    Benadryl, Zyrtec, Neti Pot, fluticasone propionate.

    NOTHING WORKS

    help

    • ANSWER:
      Home remedies that might help:

      1: Gargle Salt Water
      Gargle salt water to help soothe a throat raw from postnasal drip.

      Most problems with postnasal drip are merely irritating and eventually will go away. But you can alleviate some symptoms by gargling with salt water can help soothe your sore throat. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup water and gargle away.

      2: Use Baking Soda

      If you're willing to do anything to clear up your mucus problem, try this remedy. Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of baking soda. Get a nasal syringe and squirt the mixture into your nostril, closing off the back of your palate and your throat. Tilt your head back, forward, and to each side for eight to ten seconds in each position to get the solution through all four of your sinus cavities. After you swish everything around, blow your nose. Try squirting in three or four bulbs full of the solution on each side of your nose. If you don't have a bulb syringe, you can snort the mixture out of your cupped hand. Try this process up to six times a day when you're dealing with postnasal drip. If you want to avoid future problems, do it twice a day.

      3: Stay Hydrated
      Drinking water
      Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

      Drinking enough water is a common-sense defense against postnasal drip. It keeps your mucus thin and your body, including your nasal passages, well hydrated. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

      4: Try Medicine

      A decongestant is a magic medicine that can help drain your sinuses and make you feel loads better. Just be sure to use the pill kind and avoid nasal sprays. You can also try cough medicine. It may sound strange, but some cough medicines thin mucus. Try Robitussin or Vicks Formula 44 to make your mucus more movable.

      5: Improve Your Environment

      * Keep the humidity high and stable in your house by keep a kettle of water on low boil.

      * Away with allergens. If cat dander tends to make your mucus start multiplying, it's logical that you can avoid postnasal drip by avoiding that allergen. If you're not sure what allergies aggravate your nasal passages, do a little detective work and find out.

      * Skip the smog. Smog contains known nasal irritants. Check your newspaper for news on air quality for the day and try to stay indoors as much as possible on bad days.

      * Skip the smoke, too. Secondhand smoke can have just as bad an effect on your throat, sinuses, and nasal passages as firsthand stuff does.

      I hope this gives you some relief. Good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    am i getting over the flu?
    I was VERY ill monday night
    body aches,head aches,fever. uggghh it was terrible!

    On tuesday i went to the dr and they gave me medicine and said i have the flu
    Tuesday night was almost the same as monday night but i had a runny nose

    Last night i slept thru the whole night with almost no problem
    i still have a bad cough and a runny nose and that's about it

    i'm slowly recovering
    but i want to know when will this cough go away?
    i need it gone! and do you have any home remedies?
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you didn't feel like you were going to die from being beaten to death with a baseball bat, it wasn't Influenza... It was what everyone CALLS the flu but is NOTHING compared to the real, honest to goodness Influenza virus.

      If your doctor gave you antibiotics, it wasn't the flu because antibiotics don't do a damn thing against a virus.

      You need to keep your throat from getting too irritated because the cough that hurts your throat can be perpetuated due to the throat irritation.

      If you are coughing, stay away from people and keep a box of tissue on you at ALL TIMES because whatever you have is transfered through the air when you cough.

      The cough won't go away until a) the illness you have is gone and b) your throat heals.

      All you can do is sip warm tea/coco, suck on cough drops, and REST. Your body heals when you sleep so get as much sleep as possible (while remembering to eat something) and don't fall for "Home Remedies" because unless you can find documentation to support it, it is a bunch of placebo nonsense.

      Also, standing in your shower with the water on as hot as it will go (make sure the water can't touch you and burn you) and inhale the steam will help you clear out your sinuses and stop the cough because post nasal drip is also a major cause of coughing. If you do it right, you will be SHOCKED at what comes out of your head in the shower...

      Spray everything you touch with Lysol to lessen the chance that you will reinfect yourself with whatever it is you have and to lessen the risk of secondary bacterial infections. Sometimes the secondary bacterial infections are worse than whatever it is that lowered your immune system in the first place.

  34. QUESTION:
    I don't know what i got as a cold, or if it's a cold. can u tell me.?
    I have a really sore thoart but no congestion, post nasal drip is there and i feel like my thoart has been closing up slighttly. could it be allergies or what? i would like serious answers and if you have any remedys that could help.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of a common cold usually appear about one to three days after exposure to a cold virus. Signs and symptoms of a common cold may include:

      * Runny or stuffy nose
      * Itchy or sore throat
      * Cough
      * Congestion
      * Slight body aches or a mild headache
      * Sneezing
      * Watery eyes
      * Low-grade fever (up to 102 F, or 39 C)
      * Mild fatigue

      The discharge from your nose may become thicker and yellow or green in color as a common cold runs its course. What makes a cold different from other viral infections is that you generally won't have a high fever. You're also unlikely to experience significant fatigue from a common cold.

      When to see a doctor
      For adults — Seek medical attention if you have:

      * Fever of 102 F (39 C) or higher
      * High fever accompanied by achiness and fatigue
      * Fever accompanied by sweating, chills and a cough with colored phlegm
      * Significantly swollen glands
      * Severe sinus pain
      There's no cure for the common cold. Antibiotics are of no use against cold viruses. Over-the-counter cold preparations won't cure a common cold or make it go away any sooner, and most have side effects. Here's a look at the pros and cons of some common cold remedies.

      * Pain relievers. For fever, sore throat and headache, many people turn to acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or other mild pain relievers. Keep in mind that acetaminophen can cause liver damage, especially if taken frequently or in larger than recommended doses. Be especially careful when giving acetaminophen to children because the dosing guidelines can be confusing. For instance, the infant-drop formulation is much more concentrated than the syrup commonly used in older children. Never give aspirin to children. It has been associated with Reye's syndrome — a rare but potentially fatal illness.
      * Decongestant nasal sprays. Adults shouldn't use decongestant drops or sprays for more than a few days because prolonged use can cause chronic inflammation of mucous membranes. And children shouldn't use decongestant drops or sprays at all. There's little evidence that they work in young children, and they may cause side effects.
      * Cough syrups. In winter, nonprescription cough syrups practically fly off the drugstore shelves. But the American College of Chest Physicians strongly discourages the use of these medications because they're not effective at treating the underlying cause of cough due to colds. Some contain ingredients that may alleviate coughing, but the amounts are too small to do much good and may actually be harmful for children. In fact, the college recommends against using OTC cough syrups or cold medicines for anyone younger than age 14. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly recommends against giving OTC cough and cold medicines to children younger than age 2. Meantime, under an agreement announced by manufacturers in late 2008, several brands of OTC cold and cough medications began carrying a warning that these products should not be used in children under 4. For young children, an accidental overdose could be fatal. Coughs associated with a cold usually last less than two to three weeks. If a cough lingers longer than that, see your doctor.

      Lifestyle and home remedies

      You may not be able to cure your common cold, but you can make yourself as comfortable as possible. These tips may help:

      * Drink lots of fluids. Water, juice, tea and warm soup are all good choices. They help replace fluids lost during mucus production or fever. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration, and cigarette smoke, which can aggravate your symptoms.
      * Try chicken soup. Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does seem to help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that help the body's response to inflammation. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the time viruses are in contact with the nasal lining.
      * Get some rest. If possible, stay home from work if you have a fever or a bad cough, or are drowsy from medications. This will give you a chance to rest as well as reduce the chances that you'll infect others. Wear a mask when you have a cold if you live or work with someone with a chronic disease or compromised immune system.
      * Adjust your room's temperature and humidity. Keep your room warm, but not overheated. If the air is dry, a cool-mist humidifier or vaporizer can moisten the air and help ease congestion and coughing. Be sure to keep the humidifier clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds.
      * Soothe your throat. Gargling with warm salt water several times a day or drinking warm lemon water with honey may help soothe a sore throat and

  35. QUESTION:
    what are the best medicine for sore throat?
    ...ok like i have this sore throat i had it already for about a month now,every time I swallow it hurts it's like I can't breath anymore then this week I have a cough and it's hard for me to cough cuz it really hurts,I haven't taken any medications yet I still don't have time to buy and it might cause me a lot,what's the best home made medication and what would I do and not do???
    thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      You have man prescription and non-prescription options.

      Home Remedy:
      Warm Salt Water (mix 1 TBSP of salt in 6 oz very warm water). Gargle, sooth, repeat every 2 hours.

      OTC Medicines:
      Cepacol lozenges (with Dextromethorphan and Benzocaine - cough supressant and numbing agent).
      Choloraseptic lozenges or spray (numbing agents)
      Many other cough drops.

      Rx: Anything with lidocaine. There is a famous Pharmacists Mix called "Magic mouthwash" (Benadryl to dry up post nasal drip | Lidocaine to numb | Mylanta to soothe). It's called BLM / Magic Mouthwash. It's rx only because too much lidocaine changes the heart rhythm and beating.

      Best of luck.

      (FYI By far the lidocaine is the best, but requires an Rx and can be expensive). Salt Water is the next best and really does work that well.

  36. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a cough?
    Can anyone suggest how I can get rid of this damn cough I've had for a while now. I am not sick, so it's most likley post nasal drip or allergies, but I've tried over the counter meds, apple cider vinegar with honey which helps a little. I don't have insurance so I don't want to go to the dr. unless it gets really bad. Anyone know of any home remedies they've tried that really work?
    I've tried cough drops & they don't do much good. I've tried cough medicine, but I hear honey is much better, however I'm open for new suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      cough drops do wonders.

  37. QUESTION:
    getting rid of a cold?
    okayy i got a cold and ive had it for about 2 days now.
    and im leaving for florida in 5 DAYS.
    and i seriously dont wanna be sick.
    soone please help me out.
    ill take any kind of advice.
    much love-michelle.

    • ANSWER:
      The three most frequent symptoms of a cold are:

      Runny nose
      Nasal congestion
      Sneezing
      Adults and older children with colds generally have minimal or no fever. Young children, however, often run a fever around 100-102°F.

      Once you have "caught" a cold, the symptoms usually begin in 2 or 3 days, though it may take a week. Typically, an irritated nose or scratchy throat is the first sign, followed within hours by sneezing and a watery nasal discharge.

      Within one to three days, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green. This is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics.

      Depending on which virus is the culprit, the virus might also produce:

      Sore throat
      Cough
      Muscle aches
      Headache
      Postnasal drip
      Decreased appetite
      Still, if it is indeed a cold, the main symptoms will be in the nose.

      For children with asthma, colds are the most common trigger of asthma symptoms.

      Colds are a common precursor of ear infections. However, children's eardrums are usually congested during a cold, and it's possible to have fluid buildup without a true bacterial infection.

      The entire cold is usually over all by itself in about 7 days, with perhaps a few lingering symptoms (such as cough) for another week. If it lasts longer, see your doctor to rule out another problem such as a sinus infection or allergies.
      Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Over-the-counter cold remedies may help ease your symptoms. These won't actually shorten the length of a cold, but can help you feel better.

      NOTE: Medical experts have recommended against using cough and cold drugs in children under age 6. Talk to your doctor before your child takes any type of over-the-counter cough medicine , even if it is labeled for children. These medicines likely will not work for children , and they may have serious side effects.

      Antibiotics should not be used to treat a common cold. They will not help and may make the situation worse. Thick yellow or green nasal discharge is not a reason for antibiotics, unless it doesn't get better within 10 to 14 days. (In this case, it may be sinusitis.)

      New antiviral drugs could make runny noses completely clear up a day sooner than usual (and begin to ease the symptoms within a day). It’s unclear whether the benefits of these drugs outweigh the risks.

      Chicken soup has been used for treating common colds at least since the 12th century. It may really help. The heat, fluid, and salt may help you fight the infection.

      Outlook (Prognosis)
      The symptoms usually go away in 7 to 10 days.

      Possible Complications
      Bronchitis
      Pneumonia
      Ear infection
      Sinusitis
      Worsening of asthma

      When to Contact a Medical Professional
      Try home care measures first. Call your health care provider if:

      The symptoms worsen or do not improve after 7 to 10 days
      Breathing difficulty develops
      Specific symptoms deserve a call (for example, see the article on fever )

      Prevention
      It might seem overwhelming to try to prevent colds, but you can do it. Children average three to eight colds per year. It is certainly better to get three than eight!

      Here are five proven ways to reduce exposure to germs:

      Switch day care: Using a day care where there are six or fewer children dramatically reduces germ contact.
      Wash hands: Children and adults should wash hands at key moments -- after nose-wiping, after diapering or toileting, before eating, and before preparing food.
      Use instant hand sanitizers: A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels. The products use alcohol to destroy germs. They are an antiseptic , not an antibiotic, so resistance can't develop.
      Disinfect: Clean commonly touched surfaces (sink handles, sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant .
      Use paper towels instead of shared cloth towels.
      Here are seven ways to support the immune system:

      Avoid unnecessary antibiotics: The more people use antibiotics, the more likely they are to get sick with longer, more stubborn infections caused by more resistant organisms in the future.
      Breastfeed: Breast milk is known to protect against respiratory tract infections, even years after breastfeeding is done. Kids who don't breastfeed average five times more ear infections.
      Avoid second-hand smoke: Keep as far away from it as possible! It is responsible for many health problems, including millions of colds.
      Get enough sleep: Late bedtimes and poor sleep leave people vulnerable.
      Drink water: Your body needs fluids for the immune system to function properly.
      Eat yogurt: The beneficial bacteria in some active yogurt cultures help prevent colds.

  38. QUESTION:
    Not feeling good, please help?
    I had a cold a few weeks ago and it turned into a bad cough I've had this cough for nearly 2 weeks now. It feels as if my throats swollen and it aches to swallow. And now I can't look up because it hurts my eyes and my head. I really want to know what it is. And I can't go to the doctors coz my parents won't take me :( it would be great if someone could give me home remedy for a sore throat aswell :) thanks xox

    • ANSWER:
      Aww sweetie, Sorry your parents won't take you to the doctors,Home treatment is usually all that is needed for a sore throat caused by a virus. These tips may help you feel better.

      Gargle with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort:
      Gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz (240 mL) of warm water.
      If you have postnasal drip, gargle often to prevent more throat irritation.
      Prevent dehydration. Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. Hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease throat irritation.
      Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.
      Warm or cool mist may help you feel more comfortable by soothing the swollen air passages. It may also relieve hoarseness. But don't let your room become uncomfortably cold or very damp.
      Use a shallow pan of water to provide moisture in the air through evaporation if you don't have a humidifier. Place the pan in a safe location where no one will trip on it or fall into it.
      Do not smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid secondhand smoke. For more information, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
      If you suspect that problems with stomach acid may be causing your sore throat, see the topic Heartburn.
      Consider taking nonprescription medicine for your symptoms.

      Use nonprescription throat lozenges.
      Some nonprescription throat lozenges, such as Sucrets Maximum Strength or Spec-T, are safe and effective and have medicine (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain.
      Regular cough drops may also help.
      Use a decongestant.
      Decongestants make breathing easier by shrinking swollen mucous membranes in the nose, allowing air to pass through. They also help relieve a runny nose and postnasal drip, which can cause a sore throat.
      Decongestants can be taken orally or used as decongestant nasal sprays. Oral decongestants (pills) are probably more effective and provide longer relief but may cause more side effects.
      These medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and in some cases weight. For more information about medicine safety, see the topics Over-the-Counter Medicine Precautions and Quick Tips: Giving Over-the-Counter Medicines to Children.
      Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
      Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
      Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin
      Naproxen, such as Aleve or Naprosyn
      Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin

  39. QUESTION:
    Does Gatorade help a sore throat? What does?
    Idk I just have alot of Gatorade in my house and my throat hurts (no tea, honey, or cough drops)...

    • ANSWER:
      Gatorade is good for rebalancing your electrolytes when you have been exercising and sweating like crazy, but not really much good for a sore throat.

      Cough drops are for coughing.

      Mom's home remedy:

      Stir a tablespoon of regular salt into half a cup of warm water and gargle it several times tonight. And tomorrow.

      If your nose is stuffy you might be breathing through your mouth. A decongestant might help that and reduce other problems like post-nasal drip and inner ear infection at the same time.

      Be well

  40. QUESTION:
    Could this be asthma?
    I have only had an asthma attack once or twice and it was a few years back. I think both times it was exercise induced though. However, I am increasingly noticing problems with my breathing. I don't know if it is asthma, hay fever, allergies, or something more serious. These are my symptoms though: I have a persistent tightness in my chest and it is hard for me to take full breaths and deep breaths. I believe this is constantly occurring, however, I notice it more at night. It's hard for me to breathe through my nose even though it isn't stuffy. I have to breathe through my mouth a lot of the times. My throat tightens up when it's humid, and when I'm around steam, smoke, and perfume. I have nasal dripping, a cough that has been on and of for months. I don't even remember when it started. I always have mucus in the back of my throat as well, and it seems like I can never get rid of it. Also, a few times my breathing has been so bad that I feel dizzy. I feel myself starting to panic, but I remind myself it will only make it worse, so I try to take slow breaths and after a few minutes I feel better, although I feel like I'm not breathing 100% great. Also, are there any home remedies that can help this? I have no health insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      you should make an appointment with a pulmonologist and see if you can take a methylene challenge test

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you think this could be asthma?
    I have only had an asthma attack once or twice and it was a few years back. I think both times it was exercise induced though. However, I am increasingly noticing problems with my breathing. I don't know if it is asthma, hay fever, allergies, or something more serious. These are my symptoms though: I have a persistent tightness in my chest and it is hard for me to take full breaths and deep breaths. I believe this is constantly occurring, however, I notice it more at night. It's hard for me to breathe through my nose even though it isn't stuffy. I have to breathe through my mouth a lot of the times. My throat tightens up when it's humid, and when I'm around steam, smoke, and perfume. I have nasal dripping, a cough that has been on and of for months. I don't even remember when it started. I always have mucus in the back of my throat as well, and it seems like I can never get rid of it. Also, a few times my breathing has been so bad that I feel dizzy. I feel myself starting to panic, but I remind myself it will only make it worse, so I try to take slow breaths and after a few minutes I feel better, although I feel like I'm not breathing 100% great. Also, are there any home remedies that can help this? I have no health insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      You sound very similar to me, and I have asthma. The only thing I don't think you mentioned that I suffer from is wheezing and this "tickly" feeling in my throat. Like you, strong smells and smoke make me feel like my throat is closing up. Also, it is really hard for me to breathe when it is humid. Also, cold air can physically make my lungs hurt to breathe in. I have mucus, too, on occasion. When I get that, however, it generally means I have bronchitis. You will need antibiotics if you have bronchitis.

      I kept getting bronchitis (like every 2 months for a year or 2 straight) and that is how my asthma was discovered. I started taking Flovent daily and Proventil as a rescue inhaler (before exercise and as necessary) a few months ago and didn't get bronchitis for 6 months! I currently have bronchitis again, so my doc has started me on Singulair daily (along with my previously mentioned meds). I also use a Neti Pot (although I get pretty lazy about it...the more often I use it, the better I feel). It makes a big difference. You should Google "neti pot" and see if it is something that might be for you. Hot tea with lemon and honey (local is best, helps with allergies, too) helps your throat and with the sinus issues.

      You should go to the doctor and tell him/her what exactly is going on. It sounds to me like you might have asthma, (especially given your previous history with asthma) but only your doctor can make that diagnosis. Hope this answers your question. Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Wht causes a consistent cough?
    and what is the best home remedy treatment

    • ANSWER:
      Goddess - IF you're a smoker, then smoking is the most likely cause. If you are wise and do not smoke, then a post-nasal drip, often related to an allergy must be considered and may be treated with allergy medicine. Rarely a small polyp of the larynx may be present.

  43. QUESTION:
    hellpp !!!! bad coughing fits and gagging?
    i cant sleep and im really sick,i get this weird rumbling in my throat and stomach and i get this really big sensation in my throat and cough and cough until i gag and almost vomit,i wake up in coughing fits ,gagging everynight when im sick and i dunno how to control it.im not getting any rest and im using all kinds of home remedies but none of them seem to work ,please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, don't worry! Those are normal! I know the feeling....and you cough until you gag, your nose starts running your eyes water, you feel like you're going to explode! Those are AWFUL.

      First of all, you need to get on an over the counter medication that acts as a cough suppressent and also a nasal decongestant (even if you don't feel like you have a stuffy or runny nose). This cough is caused by intense post-nasal drip which you can get from having a cold or allergies. It is when fluid drains from your sinuses down the back of your throat and causes that AWFUL tickle. You also must must must MUST avoid sleeping on your back....this amplifies the problem by one million! Either sleep sitting up or "propped" up, or sleep on your stomache. That way, drainage will occur at a different area of your throat which won't cause spastic coughing.

      Next, drink hot tea and fluids. Hot fluids will break up the drainage and water will thin it out. ABSOLUTELY AVOID MILK AND DAIRY!! They make the mucus thicker and cause you to cough more.

      Another trick is to suck on ANYTHING -- gum, candy, cough drops (particularly cough drops with MENTHOL in them...not all have that). This produces saliva, which naturally you will swallow, which keeps your throat lubricated and also free of that obnoxious post-nasal drip crap that irritates your throat and larynx and causes you to cough more.

      Take advil to alleve any pain you have in your diaphram or obliques from all of your coughing. And if you have a coughing fit, just drink drink drink until your throat, etc. is hydrated and cleared out of mucus (particularly something that has sugar in it, as sugar coats the throat and makes it less sensitive to post-nasal drip.)

      Just hang in there, kiddo!

  44. QUESTION:
    What can I give to my 2 yr old for his cough?
    My son is only 2 1/2 yrs old and he's spent no joke about 60 % of his life coughing. I've been to the pediatrician more times then I can count and the cough just doesn't go away. It goes away for a few months but then just comes back. He has been coughing regularly for 3 weeks now, and it is a few times during the day, and a few times of night it's for an hour or more straight of just coughing every 5 seconds. I was at the doctor's last week and they told me to buy him childern's zyrtec, cause he's also had a runny nose so she believes the post nasal drip is why he's coughing. And so she said he must have allergies. But I have to give him the medicine for 2 weeks and it's been 1 week so far and still no change YET. So is there anything I can do for him in the meantime? If he was 5 or so I could just give him some robutussin and he'd have a good night sleep, but he's too young so what home remedies can help him sleep? I have vicks vapor rub, it hasn't helped, and I have a dehumidifier, which also hasn't made any change. Thanks for any advice in advance
    oops I meant humidifier

    • ANSWER:
      Try giving him a bottle of warm water mixed with a tiny bit of grated fresh ginger and 2 table spoons of honey you could also add 1-2 stops of lemon juice in it, shake it all together and give it to him, it works with my 2 yr old, if he doesn't drink from a bottle then give it to him in a cup or if he wont drink from a cup then few teaspoons of honey it should soothe the cough and give him relief from coughing, but do try the one with ginger it really helps! Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    Persistent Dry Cough for 3 Weeks?
    I had the flu three weeks ago, but it's completely gone and now I'm stuck with this horrible dry cough. It gets worst at night. Because it's not producing anything I will continue to cough for hours. Sometimes I cough so much my head and throat begin to hurt. :( Is this typical? When should you see a doctor?
    P.S. I have no sinus issues at all. No stuffy nose or sneezing.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes dry coughs get left over from a flu because your mucus membranes are so dried out and your body coughs in response to that, or from residual post-nasal drip from the cold (this is especially common at night). It's pretty common to have a cough that lasts longer than a full-blown illness (it's sometimes referred to as "post-viral cough": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_viral_cough ).

      I've heard a tried and tested home remedy is apple cider vinegar. Fill a mug half-full with hot water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and spoonfuls of honey to taste.

      If it is really making you feel crumby and you are getting really physically depleted from it, at least call your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic for a check-up.

  46. QUESTION:
    HELP! only 16 years old, have many wierd mouth symptoms!!?
    Hi

    For the last month, i've been getting a constant Post nasal drip (mucus) from the back of my throat which I have to spit out like every 1 minute, the mucus is clear, bubbly and incredibly glue like (it sticks to absolutely anything Yuk!)

    Also, I have a constant yellowish/whiteish, and sometimes a greenish tint coating at the back of my tongue, it is incredibly thick and I brush every day (with occasional mouthwash), but it continues

    Along with the coating, there is a constant foul taste in my mouth and throat, it kinda tastes like acid (I think this "taste" is due to the coating of my tongue, I think i'm always tasting the coating on my tongue and its disgusting)

    Furthermore, i've got excessive bubbly and frothy saliva which makes it hard to talk to pppl and just constantly takes over my mouth (sigh). Although I belive this saliva "could" be from my body trying to neautralise all the mucus and coating on my tongue and throat, therefore creating more and more saliva, but i don't know for sure.

    Sometimes, the saliva is incredibly sticky and along with the sticky mucus from my throat, it is the worst feeling ever :(:(

    Finally, my hard palate (the bit behind my front teeth) kinda tingles just slightly if I place my tongue on it, which is rly annoying cos my tongue is there all the time. I also have some pressure on my front two teeth but not much

    From time to time, I have a bad cough too

    I've been to the doctors a few times, had antibiotics for sinuses- did nothing, now they think its acid reflux?? I've just started meds for it a few days ago but no improvement yet and i dont have any heartburn :(

    I've had a lot of sinus issues in the past, but havnt really caused on going symptoms like these, could this be from my sinues?? like an undetectable infection or soemthing?? antibiotics did nothing :(

    could acid reflux cause this???? :(

    I dnt know if this is related but all these problems started when I used a new toothpaste, which kinda dried out my mouth a lot for a week, and these issues started after. But i dont think it is because of toothpaste lol.

    Im totally depressed bcos i hav to go through this everyday :(. im starting to perform badly in school as well and hav A LOT of anxiety. + i think anxiety is making all the symptoms worse :( i cant talk bcos of the excess mucus/saliva and taste in my mouth

    what could cause all of this??? sinus?/ acid relfux??

    is there any cure? or home remedies i can use to ATLEAST mask the symptoms, bcos they are depressing me soooo much

    thanx a lot guys :( - from a very depressed teenager

    • ANSWER:
      My dad had polyps deeps in his nasal cavity that had to get pulled out but im not sure if thats relevant or not. Try going to your pediatrician and they can reference you to a specialist. That is your best bet

  47. QUESTION:
    What is my sickness?- Symptoms through the weeks?
    Symptoms and "treatments" through the weeks:

    Week 1:(March 7th- March 14th)
    Cold like symptoms with a lot of blowing the nose
    days later mucus turned yellow
    rightnostrill has blood coming out when nose is blown
    coughing
    ear aches
    sneezing
    waking up coughing(veryabrasivee cough)
    having at least 8 glasses of water each day
    got enough sleep at night(although it was disturbed with nose running, coughing)

    Week 2:(March 14th-March 21st)
    Mucus still yellow then clear then yellow (sometimes more yellow at times)
    feeling a little bit better at times
    still blowing nose sometimes more or less
    coughing but not as much sometimes dry
    sneezing
    a little bit of nose "congestion"
    started using neti pot (every other day-or so)
    started taking Zinc 50mg. per day
    cough drops
    having at least 8 glasses of water each day
    got enough sleep at night

    Week 3:(March 21st-)
    noticed post nasal drips
    tonsil bumps getting bigger
    sneezing
    coughing
    yellow mucus still
    headaches/migraines
    throat soreness when I can breathe clearly through onnostrilal
    using neti pot (every other day-or so)
    taking Zinc 50mg. per day
    cough drops
    having at least 8 glasses of water each day
    left side of nose often stuffed up too much to where if I try to blow that side it tickles and nothing comes out

    That's all that I have noticed or can remember at the moment.
    Any suggestions of what I should do about it(home remedies?)
    and what it could be would be gladly appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Oh and if my age helps,I am 17.
    I wash my hands a lot and eat pretty healthy.
    I have been sick quite a bit lately(before this)
    back in January for about a week or so I was sick with something that was like strep throat and I was having ear problems then too.

    Hope you can help.

    Thanks again.

    • ANSWER:
      You should go to your Doctor for a real Diagnosis.
      You would need a test and Prescribed Medicines from
      a Doctor, so don't waste your time and perhaps your life
      asking here.
      Hope you feel better.

  48. QUESTION:
    i have a cough that comes back every winter...what is it!?
    every winter since before i can remember i've been getting these horrible coughs....they last for along time and everytime it seems like its going away it just comes back. my mom thinks its post nasal drip. but im not sure. i've gone to the doctors for it and they can find anything wrong...

    could someone please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few simple home remedies that will help to overcome cough. Have honey in a hot drink before bed time.To relieve fits of coughing due to dryness in the throat, suck a few pepper corns. Check out http://useinfo6.blogspot.com/ for more remedies and information.

  49. QUESTION:
    Need a remedy for post-nasal-drip hacking cough/lung pain. Have no insurance.?
    I have allergies that I do my best to avoid and asthma treated by inhalers. I use a neti pot twice a day, take Sudafed daily, I'm increasing my water intake and I am vegan so I totaly avoid dairy. But last year I had trouble with my lungs & had a 7 week hacking cough. I can feel it happening again. The only thing that helped last year was begging an ER doc to give me Robitussin with codine. Does anyone have a home remedy (a vegan one---dairy increases mucus production) that can help me stop this cough before it starts...or before I throw out my neck, lose my job and get kicked out of school for being disruptive???
    I was asked for more info so here: I'm 33, female and vegan, so no dairy . Non-smoker. I have asthma. I'm not sick in the term that I feel horible anywhere besides my lungs, extra tired but it cld be jetlag. I had this last year & get bronchitis every Feb. Most allergy pills have dairy in them & make me worse (Benydryl, Claritin, etc). Need RX on that. I use a neti pot, take Sudafed. I tried Mucinex but it really made little difference. Vicks Vapo rub seems to help a bit. Short of going to an ER & getting the Robitussin with codeine I'm not sure what else to do. Hot showers barely help, tea, water, etc, it all only sort of helps. I walk a block & I can't breathe. My inhalers hardly help. Cough suppresents --well, I can't cough like this in classes so I have to do something. My classes require I talk, move A LOT, and often make no noise at all. Again, no insurance & no idea what to do. It's not pnemonia but give it a few weeks or months & it will be. I know my body very well.

    • ANSWER:
      It would be helpful to know a little bit more about you. Your Age, Sex, Weight, Eating Habits.. etc. If you could get back to me I could help you more.

      My Dad is a pharmacist, My mother is a nurse and I'm in Medical School right now, so trust me, I know exactly what you're dealing with. What you are experiencing is known as smegma which, as you know is a build-up of phlegm in your throat. There may be several reasons you are experiencing this increase in phlegm.
      First-off; If you smoke, try and stop immediately. Smoking burns off the microhairs in your throat and lungs that help remove phlegm. Secondly, minimize the dairy products. Dairy products contribute to phlegm and only make it worse. Thirdly, get lot's of sleep! If you aren't well-rested you make yourself more vulnerable to getting sick because your immune system comes down and you can't fight off all the bacteria.

      Another common solution is to take plenty of warms showers. The moisture in the air helps clear your throat. However, recent studies show that showers emit tiny particles of bacteria that can be detrimental to your health especially if you're experiencing symptoms of a low immune system, "like phlegm build-up". As an alternative I would suggest getting several humidifiers not only for your room but for several other main rooms in your house.
      Whatever you do, don't take cough suppressants! Coughing is your body's way of remove the mucus, and cough suppressants hinder that. (I know it's tempting) Instead you should take Mucinex, or Mucinex DM, a drug for thinning phlegm (mucus). It makes it a lot easier to remove all that junk from your system.

      Finally, experiment with a couple different allergy medicines, everyone is different, find a nasal spray and a "runny nose" allergen that help you when you experience more obvious symptoms. Going to the pool on a regular basis can do wonders to flush out your system. I know that's a little gross to think about, but just make sure you keep your body as warm as possible at all times.

      I hope this helps you! If you need more help, message me and we can get more specific.

      Thank you.

  50. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of sore throat? plz help!?
    hi
    i am a little 13 year old asking for any home remedies[onli plz]
    for a sore throat..
    i get it to stop fpr a while but then it just hurts even more.
    its onli been like htis for two days. i can talk and swallow though..
    i cant afford to go to the doctor and dont even put that..
    blessings needed

    my email is tater_tot_10@yahoo.com

    please thx

    • ANSWER:
      Keep your nasal passages clear.
      Doctors agree that two of the most common causes of sore-throat pain are postnasal drip and a dry throat that results from sleeping with your mouth open when your nasal passages are blocked. Decongestants, especially those containing pseudoephedrine (read package labels), may be helpful in stopping the flow; follow package directions carefully. Using saline nasal spray can help make breathing easier promptly though temporarily.

      Gargle with warm salt water.
      If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with salt water, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.

      Suck on hard candy. Think of a sore throat as an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, since some doctors say that sugar can help soothe a sore throat, as well as the ticklish cough that may come with it. If nothing else, sucking on hard candy -- in the sugar-free variety -- can help keep your mouth and throat moist, which will make you feel more comfortable.

      Want more?
      Go hereee:
      http://health.howstuffworks.com/home-remedies-for-sore-throat1.htm

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