The sudden change from cold weather to hot made us caught common colds that eventually result to coughing. Symptoms persist for several days that it has been depriving me of long work hours and have been giving us almost sleepless nights.
I am taking plenty or rest and taking the following at specified intervals.
Vinegar. It is my first aid whenever I feel sore and painful throat. It is the natural medicine that is almost always available at any household.
Strepsils lozenges – I was really looking for the late Streptuss. Unluckily, its production was discontinued. The Strepsils, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol Amylmetacresol, relieves sore throat and coughing but not as effective as the late Streptuss.
Eating raw ginger – Apparently the most effective. A bite immediately take away soreness and subsequent coughing. Effect wears about 15 minutes after the ginger runs out. I am biting it little by little for a longer lasting effect.
Munching raw onions – It is as effective as ginger. It has disagreeable odor and taste. Jaw movement in rapid succession brings a sudden burst of hot uncomfortable mouth sensation.
Taking in honey – Taking a spoonful only brings slight comfort for few minutes. Many other websites are claiming it effective however.
Hot calamansi juice – Not just calamansi, the hot tea and coffee works too. A relief while drinking.
Okra, Ladies Finger – The mucilage is claimed to cure sore throat. I tried it once with no effect felt.
Menthol+Eucalyptus+Camphor Vaporizing Rub. Dissolving some in hot water and inhaling. It readily remedy sore throat, tickling and hard coughing. How I wish I could sleep beside stove so I can smell it all night. I think it is an overdosed.
Drinking water. Taking a sip of water every five minutes. It brings comfort. However, going to comfort room every 15 minutes to pee is not comfortable.
A doctor’s prescribed antibiotic.
update as of June 29, 2012. Please see “What not to take when having dry cough| Doctor’s Advice“.