As winter approaches so do colds. And that dry, tickly cough that seems to attack in the middle of the night or when you are in some quiet place such as an audience at the opera or a school test or lecture.  Coughing or sucking lozenges really don’t help.  If you cough too much, you can risk cracking a rib.  The sugar in most lozenges is tooth rotting.

There’s a better way.

A tickle in your throat comes from a dry breathing passage, and that gets worse as you breathe cold, non-humid, dry air or dusty air. If you have noticed that the tickle is much worse whenever you inhale then this solution which costs not a penny may work for you.

Place a scarf, polo neck, blanket or large hanky (clean please) over your mouth to create a warm, wet little cavern of air.  Within a couple of minutes, the air that your are breathing will warm up and become slightly damp.  The tickle will go.

Of course, if you are at home, you can put on a kettle, pour some hot water over a dessertspoon of Vicks Vapor-Rub and put a towel over your head and breathe in through your mouth.  Shut your eyes to avoid irritation and be careful if kids are present (hot water alert).

Instead of lozenges, try a spoon of honey to trickle down the back of your tongue.

If you have any other cold remedies, let me know as I am suffering!

 

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