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#1 The Princess

Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:48 AM


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,




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

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

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

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


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