Q Tip # 17: Taming a Dry Cough

June 17, 2014 0 Comments
Massage both arms gently.

Massage both arms gently.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a movie theater, or in church, and experienced a pesky dry cough.  Typically, I rummage through my pockets or purse and come up empty-handed.  No cough drop, no lozenge, not even a stick of gum within reach.  “hack, hack, swallow, eyes watering, hack, hack” — dirty look from those around me —  “hack, hack, swallow, eyes watering, hack, hack”, –repeat.

I have a trick that works for an annoying tickle most of the time.  Just below the bend of the elbow, on the thumb side of the arm is a pressure point that, when massaged, can help settle a dry cough.  When there is no other relief in sight, try massaging the points on both arms.  You can use your thumb or a couple of fingers.  I massage one point, then the other, for about twenty rotations each.  That usually does the trick for me.

Once in a while, I may also apply gentle pressure at the hollow of my throat between my Adam’s apple and the base of my throat. This can also stop the tickle.

Next time you are in a bind, give it a try.  Good Luck, and enjoy your movie.


**I’m not a doctor.  I don’t give medical advice.  Use your best judgement and listen to your body when trying this, or any, of my suggestions.

 

 

 

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