Dr. Mitch: How to beat a nasty cough
By now, you're well aware that it is flu season. If you're one of the people who have been hit with the flu or a cold, then you're probably fighting off the nasty cough that accompanies it. One doctor says, it'll take you about three weeks to get over it.
Dr. Mitch Shulman says it takes so long because the virus you were suffering from inflamed your airways and they need time to recover. However, Dr. Mitch told NewsTalk 1010's John Tory this past week, there are things you can do to help get over it a little faster:
- Humidify your bedroom: Dr. Mitch says humidifying the air will help. Make sure that it's at 50 percent, not too dry, not too humid.
- Raise your head when you sleep: "If you raise the head of your bed," says Dr. Mitch "about 30 percent, it keeps stuff from dripping back and irritating your throat as much."
- Avoid cold air: "Being exposed to cold air will make things worse, so if you're going out wear something over your face so the air is warmed up"
- Drink tea: Dr. Mitch says drinking "tea with lemon honey before bed, is probably one of the best things."
If after you do all of those things and you find your cough is only getting worse, then you should seek out medical help. "If it's so bad you can't eat or you pass out, or you have chest pain as a result of the cough, then go see a doctor," says Dr. Mitch.
He adds that it's never too late to get a flu vaccination, especially since we have about six to seven more weeks of flu season ahead of us.