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A 18-year-old member asked:

what are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Okay: Lemon and honey, cayenne pepper laced broths, peppermint extract in warm liquids, a little burbon with honey, perhaps cold liquids, ice creams, sorbets etc, hot lemonade (with a bit of bourbon), and I am sure there are a few herbals that can be used.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Top 10: My top 10 1) gargling with strong tea 2) eating citrus fruits 3) curl up with a book 4) take a nap 5) put Vicks on you neck or 6) chest 7) eating foods with a lot of garlic 8) chicken soup. 9) watch a funny movie 10) hot bath or shower.
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.).

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