There are many ways to conquer that nagging cough


Lorna Marquardt, Leader Columnist

Like a bad penny, it’s back. Every year, late winter or early spring, I seem to get it. For lack of a better term, I call it the “creeping crud.” As soon as I feel the first symptom, I do what I can to lessen the effects. But try as I might, nothing really gets me past it. It seems it has to run its course.

I am really never quite sure if it is a viral infection, my asthma acting up, allergies, a sinus infection or just a plain old cold. The symptoms are always the same. Post-nasal drip, lots and lots of coughing, wheezing and an overwhelming feeling of weakness.

I am not opposed to going to see my doctor, but after getting this year after year, I have found nothing really knocks it out of me. It always lasts for a few weeks at least. However, if I would get a temperature, or green or dark-colored phlegm, I would most definitely head in to the clinic. I realize this crud could potentially turn into pneumonia, so I do pay close attention to my symptoms.

I must admit, I don’t do “sick” very well. My hubby told me I am as crabby as a bear with a sore behind. Now I think that is an exaggeration, but I will admit I am a bit out of sorts. I don’t need a lot of sleep, but I do need some. I sat up and slept a couple nights. A stiff neck was a small price to pay for a few hours of much-needed sleep.

I took to social media and asked others what they do to control their cough. The most mentioned tip I received was to drink pineapple juice. I decided to give it a try.

The first store my hubby went to was totally sold out of it. I asked him to buy the small cans so I could carry them in my purse. The second store he went to had just two six packs of small cans left, but they did have several large cans.

The store’s employee said to my hubby, “I wonder what’s going on. We’ve had a run on the juice.”

I said to my hubby, “Obviously, others are aware of its benefits, too.”

I might add, it really did help subdue my cough.

I also received other suggestions and home remedies from social media friends. Here are a few of them:

• A natural remedy called cough calm, a natural version of Vicks, works like magic on my kids.

• Honey warmed a bit with a sprinkle of cinnamon in it.

• Drink warm Jell-O.

• A shot of brandy and water warmed, add a splash of lemon and a dollop of honey. I made it with whiskey. It was actually quite soothing and tasted good, too.

• Use buckwheat honey; it is a dark honey with more antioxidants. Honey was suggested by many.

• Drink warm, home-made maple syrup.

• Elderberry wine.

• Fisherman’s Friends lozenges.

• Several mentioned Mucinex as being very effective.

• Hot green tea.

• Unkers from the Amish Store. Rub on your feet, cover with heavy socks and go to bed.

• Tessalon Perles.

I appreciate all the suggestions. I am taking Mucinex and drinking lots of pineapple juice. I found honey is also very soothing. I personally cannot get a flu shot because I had a reaction several years ago. I don’t know if the flu shot deters this “creeping crud” as so many seem to have it. Everywhere I go, people are coughing. I was hoping I would totally quit coughing, but many have said the cough lingers, sometimes for many weeks.

If you are experiencing some of the same symptoms I am, take care of yourself, and do what works for you. I am slowly beginning to feel better. Hopefully I will be rid of this “crud” soon. I sure hope it skips 2020.

“For every ailment under the sun, there is a remedy, or there is none. If there be one, try to find it; if there be none, never mind it.” — Mother Goose

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Lorna Marquardt is a former Shawano mayor.