Jump to content

How do you just stop coughing without taking cough medicines


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 The Princess

Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:48 AM

Hey

I am coughing up Greenish coloured muck (I had 2 courses AB"s a couple of weeks ago for Bronchitis), anyway I went and saw the GP today (Our regular one is away).

Anyway I was told that there is nothing to cough up and to just stop coughing and that there was no need for AB's as there was no infection.

I asked about taking a cough supressant and was told no - every time I cough to have a Hot cuppa with Lemon and Honey.

My throat is red raw and very sore, and If I did that everytime I cough I would be drinking cuppas all day and night.

I was also told to use Vicks, Strepsils, Nurofen, and ventolin and to keep very warm with the heaters on.

We are going away next week to QLD to see my very sick Grandfather, so I want to get over this before then,

WDYT?

hugs

LIz

Edited by superwifemum, 18 September 2008 - 09:50 AM.


#2 jusstyce

Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:53 AM

I recently tried a remedyI read in an email. Put vicks on your feet and put socks on. Within 5-10 mins coughing will stop. This worked for my DD's and myself when we were coughing in bed at night.
Hope you're feeling better soon OP.

#3 Velociraptor

Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:02 AM

QUOTE
I recently tried a remedyI read in an email. Put vicks on your feet and put socks on. Within 5-10 mins coughing will stop.


Even though I've heard this is a myth, my mother and grandmother are also adamant that it works.

Steam is very good - try sitting in a closed up bathroom with a very hot bath run (maybe run a bath with all hot water, then wait for it to cool before actually bathing - just sit and read for a while.)

#4 codex

Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:04 AM

You could try the doctors recommendations.

#5 essentiallyme

Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:07 AM

When I had pneumonia*sp*, the doctor prescribed Ammonia & Senega taken with a little warm water. It worked a treat, and this was while pregnant.

#6 TheAppetiser

Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:12 AM

My Husband recently tried the Vicks thing (there was no bigger a sceptic) and it worked.  Also a vapouriser may work - does for my kids.

#7 Jo

Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:55 AM

QUOTE
the doctor prescribed Ammonia & Senega
  sick.gif   wacko.gif  But how about that taste??? I have childhood flashbacks of ammonia and senega ... the only thing worse was Ipecacuanha and Tolu cough Mixture  sick.gif

#8 Reader

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:02 AM

Cough suppressants are a waste of money, as most doctors will tell you.

If you are coughing up stuff, you don't really want to suppress the cough anyway - isn't it better to clear your lungs?

Senega and Ammonia, while vile, used to be pretty cheap and effective, but it's not a suppressant - it's an expectorant, which helps you cough up any gunk.

#9 BatDog

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:04 AM

I've had lots of bronchitis and bad coughs  sad.gif  

I agree that steam is good - hot steamy shower or towel-draped head over a bowl.

The dr's recommendations of Vicks (on chest and back before bed) does help and the nurofen is probably to help the inflammation and soreness so yes, will also help. I'm asthmatic as well and keeping up my medication is imperative when I'm sick so using ventolin to open the airways will also help you.

In the middle of the night if I can't stop coughing, I just swallow a teaspoon full of honey. The sweetness makes me shudder but it stops me coughing!  wink.gif

#10 lisacat

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:05 AM

I am also interested in this thread. DH has had a cough for over a yr, it is that bad it sounds like he is about to be sick  sick.gif . The drs say there is nothing wrong with him  wacko.gif

#11 Melidia

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:06 AM

I would get a second opinion to be honest.

If you are still coughing up green muck, that doesn't sound as though you are over the infection.  I am not a doctor, but my thought is "Do healthy people cough up green muck?"

All the suggestions re: steam etc are good, but I would try and get to the bottom of why you are still coughing stuff up.

#12 Jo

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:23 AM

Sure "healthy" (as in non-infected) people can cough up green muck, it can be the mucous of allergic disorder not just infective - which is why the rule of no coloured nasal discharge in schools (and the glares you get for having a child with a constant discharge  sick.gif  Thankfully who is getting older and better at recognising they need to wipe) can be frustrating for the parents of allergic children!.

#13 Lealeaâ„¢

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:28 AM

Last time I had annoying cough that was keeping me awake at night my GP told me to take panadeine forte as codeine is suppose to suppress the cough. He said cough mixture were useless.. The PF did work I must say.

#14 Nosmas

Posted 18 September 2008 - 11:32 AM

I recommend the original Fisherman Friend lozenges (the white packet ones).  They are fantatstic, they do come in other flavours but the original in my opinion work best.  Some people I know break them in half to make them last longer and because they are so hot.

Good luck.

#15 *Jen*

Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:15 PM

The vicks on the feet really works. Also there is a cough medicine it's behind the counter as it contains codeine, it's called Rickodeine, it's the only one that has ever worked for me.

Good luck, hope you get over it soon.

#16 melandned

Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:36 PM

QUOTE
If you are coughing up stuff, you don't really want to suppress the cough anyway - isn't it better to clear your lungs?


i agree

But to answer your question to supress a cough you need codeine - either panadeine forte (never worked for me) or a codeine linctus (need a script for it) the linctus worked for me

mel




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.