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#1 of 8 Old 11-24-2008, 08:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Please help me! I've had a deep, unproductive cough for 3 weeks. My chest hurts from coughing, but I am bringing up very little. I've tried inhaling steam, I've even been taking Robitussin for the past few days but nothing is helping. I'm getting pretty worried.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I learned a little trick from my MIL who passed away from COPD\Lung Cancer (RIP 2004). When she had a deep, unproductive cough she'd break out the teapot! Lots of warm liquids! The fluid helps thin out sticky hard to pass sputum and it helps by warming you up from the inside so to speak.

Try "hotboxing" the bathroom with the shower on (all hot water) and sit in the bathroom for 10 to 20 minutes. Try a humidifier at night in your bedroom.

Peppermint & menthol essential oils can be used in the humidifier (hot air humidifier) to help ease coughing at night.

I've had the same unproductive deep lung cough for almost 5 weeks now. I was coughing so hard I was breaking blood vessels in the back of my throat and causing my ribs to hurt so bad I had to hold them to cough. I also have the 20 minute coughing fits too. The ones that knock the wind right out of you and make your throat burn and eyes water.
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I had rattling in my chest for a couple of days due to a cold. I decided to drink a bunch of (chicken) bone broth. Drank four cups and felt great the next day.


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that's the time when I use mustard packs and rosemary steam inhalation. Homeopathy is also phenomenal. Good luck.
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that's the time when I use mustard packs and rosemary steam inhalation. Homeopathy is also phenomenal. Good luck.
Yup!! The mustard plaster will loosen all the crap in your lungs so you can cough it up. It is absolutely amazing how well this works!

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OK, I have some Colman's mustard powder in my kitchen. How do I make a mustard plaster? Do I put it on my chest? I'm willing to try anything. I already drink a pot of tea a day, but will have another cup now :-) I had chicken broth with raw garlic and hot peppers (my cure all) and it still has not budged.
Unfortunately I am out of Rosemary EO, I do have eucalyptus that I used with steam, still did not work.

I have to fly to Europe on Thursday and am dreading flying with this cough.
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Add some probiotics!

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google "mustard pack" and follow instructions. Make sure it doesn't go directly on your skin (wear a tight fitting t-shirt and spread it on the fabric) and don't leave it on for more than 10 minutes as it can burn.
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