This must be a nasty cold out there. It seems to stay a long time, and then even cycle back through. I've been sick since the middle of October. I think part of the problem is allergies too. How in the heck can you tell the difference?
I seem to have the opposite problem of many I read. I have more irritation than mucous. It's a dry irritation in my nose and throat with only small amounts of mucous. This sounds weird, but i would LOVE to have a good productive cough or a runny nose. Instead it all gets swelled up, stuffed up, dried up and just plain annoying. I hack all day and soon will be coughing at night too based on recent history that is repeating itself.
OH! Also, I have learned a bitter lesson that i will pass on. A young girl from the local health store told me to mix a drop of grapefruit seed extract with a drop of water and drop it in my nose. WRONG! It was like burning acid in my head. So now everything is ten times worse. I had terrible pain and fever from that. I called another health store that has more knowledgable help and does a lot of consulting. The herb expert had me taking slippery elm and fenugreek every hour. That helped some but the cough is so stubborn that it's helping, but not getting rid of the cough. Is there anything else to do? My 19 month old is still nursing, btw, so I suppose I'm somewhat limited.
Any help is very much appreciated.