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Nov 21, 2019 - 8:33:33 AM
215 posts since 10/9/2017

I've been stuck with a bad case of sore throat and laryngitis. The doc told me it's a virus and will last 10-14 days. It's now day 10. He gave me a prescription cough syrup and a pain reliever for sore throat - both are better than nothing, but don't get the job done. Any thoughts on additional steps to take?

So far I've:

  • Drunk lots of hot tea (mostly Throat Coat which contain slippery elm and euclayptus) with honey and lemon
  • Dipped into the whisky supply in the evenings (silver linings)
  • Eaten mostly soup
  • Tried to stay off my feet

I can't exert myself w/o coughing fits, I can barely play for 10 minutes, let alone sing. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:45:39 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23449 posts since 8/3/2003

Follow your doctor's orders and if you're not better in 4 more days, call him and/or go see him. Perhaps he can prescribe something more potent to help with the laryngitis. Sorry the meds aren't taking care of your problem.

Might try gargling with warm salt water. That will help soothe the throat. Other than that, again, contact your doctor.

Nov 21, 2019 - 8:51:53 AM

Owen

Canada

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Tongue-in-cheek, stick with it for another 4 days. 

 

P.s. Hope it's soon rectified....maybe others will have better advice (?) than mine.

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:17:23 AM

chuckv97

Canada

44566 posts since 10/5/2013
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Try oil of oregano. It fights off viruses.

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:57:59 PM

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Gargling soluble paracetamol did thee trick (temporarily) for me.

And keep dipping into the whisky!

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:28:13 PM

figmo59

USA

29518 posts since 3/5/2008

Less talking...

Typings good tho... :0)

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:47:44 PM

HarleyQ

USA

3036 posts since 1/31/2005

My Wife and I had it for about a month. We tried everything we could get. Mucinex DM worked fairly well. Theirs usually a generic right beside it about half price, same stuff. I know what your going thru!!

Nov 21, 2019 - 7:26:06 PM
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Iron Paw

New Zealand

403 posts since 11/28/2014

I have the same thing over here.
Last night in desperation I gargled some of my Rum. Just a wee amount though.
My Rum is home made (a still is legal here in NZ), and is bottled at 65%.
Yes, it's good stuff. Made from Molasses, etc (none of this flavoured water muck that some folks make).
Anyway, I could feel the inside of my cheeks going a wee bit numb as I gargled.
Well...it worked! The pain went away, and left me with only a 'dry' feeling throat.
I still have a slight cough, but no soreness now and that feeling that there is a wee bit of phlegm that I can't get rid of has also gone.
I've had a 2nd go today but added a wee bit of water to the brew (purely medicinal reasons for the 2nd go!).
Will try a 3rd shot before bed tonight.
Yes, after the gargle (which I spit out), I do drink any wee drop of Rum that's left in the glass. But we are talking about maybe a teaspoon full.
So yes to your Whiskey, but do try a it as a gargle. It should (?) have a high enough alcohol level to knock off any bacteria, etc that are lurking in your throat.

Edited by - Iron Paw on 11/21/2019 19:27:28

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:27:57 PM

raybob

USA

13416 posts since 12/11/2003

Cepacol throat spray should work for the sore throat. Drinking plenty of liquids should make mucus and secretions easier to cough out.

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:01:11 AM

215 posts since 10/9/2017

I’m not sure where I’d find soluble Paracetamol (acetaminophen) around here. Might be one of those trans-Atlantic differences. We have liquid, but it’s quite goopy and wouldn’t make a good gargle. I used warm salt water last night and it seems to have helped some, although it’s quite disgusting.

If I had my own still, I’d gargle with ‘shine, but I’m drinking good Scotch, and with that I will not gargle.

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:31:46 AM

csrat

USA

801 posts since 9/14/2008

2 jiggers of strong whiskey
Squirt of lemon juice
Generous teaspoon of honey

Gargle one half, then sip the other

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:04:18 AM

m06

England

8110 posts since 10/5/2006

As you've seen your doc and been checked out I'd follow his advice and rest up.

Not a lot you can do against a virus except sleep. Plenty of it. That's our repair shop.

Maybe wrap up warm and take a walk in the fresh air if you feel like it; because exercise helps sleep. Nothing too strenuous though, I wouldn't recommend log cutting or clearing snow when we're hit with a virus.

And yeah, hot honey, lemon and paracetamol for the sore throat. A hot infusion of honey and fresh ginger is another. 

Edited by - m06 on 11/25/2019 05:09:47

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:40:47 AM
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215 posts since 10/9/2017

I'm just shy of the two-week mark, and I'm finally coming out the other end. I guess my doc knows what he's talking about. The worst thing was the coughing at night, which really cut down on my sleep.

Nov 25, 2019 - 4:11:43 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15826 posts since 6/5/2008

Resveratrol is a biological chemical which can do a lot of damage to virus.
There's more of it in red wine than there is in white wine.
There's a substantial amount in fresh garlic.
Doctors do not remember everything that they were taught in medical school.

I suggest a big classic Cesar salad with home-made dressing and a big glass of red wine ( just one) to go with it. I prefer to be happy sick.

One sore throat treatment might be Bradasol lozenges (original green) and a gargle 3 x daily with Sterisol.

Nov 25, 2019 - 4:22:49 PM

215 posts since 10/9/2017

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Originally posted by Brian T


One sore throat treatment might be Bradasol lozenges (original green) and a gargle 3 x daily with Sterisol.


I think that only works if you make your breakfast a Timmy's and a bearclaw while sitting on the chesterfield waiting for les Habs to win the Cup.

Speaking of nation-specific cures, at the pharmacy today, I asked if they had soluble acetaminophen, and they looked at me like I had two heads. Since I'll be in London over Xmas, I might nip into Boots to see if I can get some to take back. Does it have a brand name? Or do I just ask for soluble paracetamol? Unless you mean Lemsip, which I've used plenty, but can't see gargling with. We have something similar in the States, but it's nothing like as nice.

Nov 25, 2019 - 4:34:30 PM
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Originally posted by Remsleep
 

I think that only works if you make your breakfast a Timmy's and a bearclaw while sitting on the chesterfield waiting for les Habs to win the Cup.

Speaking of nation-specific cures, at the pharmacy today, I asked if they had soluble acetaminophen
, and they looked at me like I had two heads. Since I'll be in London over Xmas, I might nip into Boots to see if I can get some to take back. Does it have a brand name? Or do I just ask for soluble paracetamol? Unless you mean Lemsip, which I've used plenty, but can't see gargling with. We have something similar in the States, but it's nothing like as nice.


And what's so odd about a banjo player having two heads??

Best wishes for a quick recovery.

And, for any of you who have any condition requiring a BANDAGE, my custom-made GET WELL card, from me to all y'all:


Nov 25, 2019 - 7:14:01 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15826 posts since 6/5/2008

Might find some soluble acetaminophen in amongst the children's things.

I had an awful time in recovery in the hospital.
They were forever poking me for one reason or another.
So every 3-4 days, I'd have one of my criminal minds buy me a box of TimBits
just to mess with my blood sugar and cause a general panic.
Two of the nurses had been students of mine, they understood.

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:20:47 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

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Timmy’s, chesterfield, les Habs, the Cup.....very good, Remsleep. But we call’em Danishes, not bearclaws,,,ya know,eh?




Edited by - chuckv97 on 11/25/2019 19:25:22

Nov 25, 2019 - 9:14:09 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15826 posts since 6/5/2008

There's a lady who bakes for the community market here.
Deep Fried cinnamon buns with lots of cinnamon and raisins with a really mucky cream cheese icing. Fry bread was never like that.

Timmy, eat your heart out ( except for the Dutchie TimBits.)

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