Dr Oz: Conquer Chronic Cough
Dr Oz had a plan for conquering chronic cough, explaining that if you’ve been coughing for more than three weeks, something has to be done to fix it. He turned to Megan who actually created a cough count, logging when she coughs throughout the day. She showed that in the morning she’s fine, and not too bad in the afternoon, but when nighttime hits, her coughing comes in fits.
Megan said she can fall asleep pretty quickly when she lays down, but then she notices that she’s waking up coughing and unable to sleep, which means she goes to work tired. Dr Oz said that because she’s a nighttime cougher, he would guess she has an element of a post-nasal drip. He said while laying down, the dripping irritates the vocal chords, causing the coughing.
Dr Oz: Thyme Steamer Relieves Cough
Dr Oz said to think of your nose like a faucet. Viruses and allergies get in there, irritating the faucet, causing it to drip thick mucus that goes down into your windpipe. Dust or dry air can do the same thing, tickling your throat and making your body react by coughing.
So what do you do if you think you have post-nasal drip? Dr Oz said to use a Thyme Steamer because the steam will loosen up the mucus.
He instructed Megan to take two teaspoons of crushed thyme and add it to a cup of boiling water and let it steep. In the meantime, however, you can take deep inhalations of the steam. Once it steeps, try drinking the tea.
Dr Oz: Licorice Tablets For Dry Cough
Dr Oz then played the sound of a dry cough. Dr Oz said they’re often a symptom of reflux, so he recommends licorice for the problem. It’s not candy licorice, but a licorice tablet that you can take a half hour before a meal, and he said the best kind is called DGL licorice. It helps coat the stomach, dealing with acid issues in general.
Dr Oz: Buckwheat Honey Straws Stop Cough
Finally, Dr Oz talked to Renee who said there was no consistency with her cough. She said generally she gets it for about a month. Dr Oz said to follow the two-week rule, saying that if it’s been less than two weeks since you’ve had the cough, it’s probably a cold. If it’s been more than two weeks, it could be mild asthma or allergies.
He suggested Renee try buckwheat honey straws that soothe your throat. You could also try raw honey for the same purpose. Dr Oz said he uses it in his own home.