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Message Subject GLP How many of us are sick today ?????unidentified respiratory illness?????Post if you cant stop coughing!!!!
Poster Handle Don'tBeAfraid
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Making a short post, which is nigh impossible for long-winded me.

Coughing happens because the air passage has narrowed. That's it. Use an inhaler to relax the smooth muscle of the respiratory tract and get real albeit temporary relief and try to cough up the mucus if it's possible.

People think of inhalers for asthma, but they can help anyone. It's why breathing treatments (expensive) are given in the ER for sparms of coughing.

EDIT: More
Glycoaminoglycans (GAGs) make up mucus. They're little building blocks that lubricate the airway and trap and remove the foreign particles caught by waves of cilia in the respiratory tract. If you eat less of certain foods, then your mucus production will go down. Other food encourage the production of mucus.

Usually you want to eat lots of foods rich in omega 6 fatty acid, but not while with a respiratory illness. A person with cystic fibrosis in which lots of mucus is formed should avoid them especially. See:
[link to www.livestrong.com]

Dairy...same thing. Wheat same thing.

Fresh fruits and veggies cut down on mucus production.

[link to www.webmd.com]
 Quoting: Don'tBeAfraid

Thanks, good info. I've been sick since Dec 26th with the constant cough and chest congestion. Went to the Doc 2 days ago he prescribed for Bronchitis an inhaler, antibiotics, and a cough syrup w/codine that has let me sleep peacefully through the night.

Worst crap I've ever had, a couple of days I felt I was drowning and I could not get enough air.
 Quoting: Cassie :-)

You're welcome Cassie. You actually could drown so I tell people to use a sit up reading pillow and sleep that way with someone monitoring you when so deathly ill, because in the night you could roll over and choke. Not joking.

Someone with a dry hacking cough could have walking pneumonia (atypical) and that doesn't produce mucus and so you cough like mad. It makes it impossible to sleep.


By the way, a person with cystic fibrosis will often get a special percussive vest and this taps upon their chest to loosen the mucus. You can do that with productive (mucus forming) flu by gently using a hammer fist (just like it sounds and percussing the front and back lung region to help expel the mucus and therefore reduce coughing. Sit them up straight on the edge of the bed, then gently pound on their back and chest. Sounds weird but works. I bet they end up coughing it up after.

Be careful using too much eucalyptus and methol as they actually can exacerbate mucus production. Many cold products have them like Fisherman's Friend lozenges.

Added a link because many of you won't believe...
[link to www.cff.org]

PDF which explains exactly how to do it.
[link to www.cff.org]
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