The Anonymous Widower

Coping With My Cough

Over the last few weeks, I’ve developed a terrible hacking cough.

I used to get these as a child and regularly had months off school.

I can remember that our GP; Dr. Egerton White was worried and visited me regularly.

But I can’t remember having one since and certainly, I never had one in the forty years I lived with C.

About ten days ago, I noticed that a Marks and Spencer chilli con carne seem to calm my coughing down.

So I consulted Doctor Google and found several pages like this page on Rochester Regional Health, which is entitled Spicy Foods and Your Health.

Under a heading of Spicy Foods Help with Cold Symptoms: FACT, this is said.

Spicy foods contain capsaicin, the bioactive ingredient in chili peppers. Capsaicin breaks up mucus, which can help effectively relieve coughing and a sore throat. However, capsaicin can increase the production of mucus, causing a more prevalent runny nose.

My nose is running, but not excessively so. But I am generating a lot of mucus, just as my father always did.

His remedy was a mixture of strong mints and catarrh tablets.

I have started eating my Leon breakfast, that I eat most days with a pot of their chilli sauce.

It does seem to calm my cough throughout most of the day.

April 9, 2023 - Posted by | Health | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I also have a horrid cough, a lot of the time, and a drippy nose that makes our spend on tissues rather high.

    I personally have 2 things which have helped. 20 or more years ago, a friend of mine had a friend visiting from McLeod Gange in India. He was a Buddhist monk and a medical doctor. He offered to clear my sinuses for me. In my friends living room. Basically he did various bits of tippy tapping on my head and face and wafting his arms around me. I felt exactly the same that evening, but the following day I lost all the mucus stuff. Quite revolting, but it it only came back a couple of years ago when I was diagnosed with CLL. The other think which helps is avoiding dairy products. I love cheese but it “clogs me up”.

    I m glad that you have found something which helps you. I will try it when I next have the problem.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | April 9, 2023 | Reply

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