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    Warding off asthma attacks with a drink?

    OK, I am NOT advocating the alcoholic type here, especially since it gives me gout! What I am talking about is drinking a super-chilled drink slowly through a straw when I feel the tightness of asthma coming on. Even something simple as ice water helps a lot. Amazingly, it seems to numb the nerve responsible for causing uncontrollable dry hacking for me. I have to sip slowly and really get the fluid to the back of my throat, then swallow slowly. A caffinated and carbonated cold drink seems the best for putting an attack on the back burner. If I am in a public situation or in a car, it least it buys me some time. Anyone else notice this? Have similar experiences? Other weird stuff to control the coughing?

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    Warding off asthma attacks with a drink?

    I've felt this too. Getting a drink when I'm coughing or about to start helps me more often than not, which is not typical of CF coughing. I've come across many people who dread having coughing fits in front of people who insist on getting them a drink of water b/c it's not going to do anything. I'm the opposite. I have really bad asthma and inflammation so dry cough spells are frequent for me. The colder the drink, the better, certainly! Fizz seems to really help, too. Often, and I know this probably makes no sense whatsoever, but when I feel a dry coughing spell coming on, if I drink enough fizzy something to make me burp, the burp is relieving to my stomach and my chest.

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    Warding off asthma attacks with a drink?

    Erin, yup, sounds like me : ) Doesnt get much better than ice-cold diet coke at those moments! I also find that Tussin CF can help head stuff off, as well as a small dose of hydrcodone. (learned that one after so many bouts of broken ribs). Not that I would recommend a narcotic, but when the coughing fits/back strain/ect is really really bad, it can reduce the bronchospasms to a managable level for a short period of time. It really does help control the coughing, especially if I know I have to go to an important function that I KNOW the environment will set my lungs into a downward spiral in a matter of minutes. It acts as a muscle relaxer somehow, my lungs arent as reactive. My CF doc has said he's had several folks where this has been the case.

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    Warding off asthma attacks with a drink?

    Caffeine acts as a bronchodilator (I am sure not as powerful of one as a medication) ...maybe iced coffee / iced tea with lots of ice are good choices as well. :-)

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    I read that garlic tea helps (http://justnebulizers.com/blog/asthma-home-remedies/). Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I do love garlic

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    I drink ice cold water for the same reason. Now if a frozen margarita is the only thing available.... I'm just kidding. Like you said, sometimes it buys you just enough time, but it absolutely does help.

    Stacey

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    I have had asthma all of my life. The doctors have discovered that a lot of my breathing problems lately have come from my one vocal chord that works becoming irritated and making it feel like I was having breathing problems. Water they said and swallowing would help to relax the cords making breathing easier.

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    Weird I always find a nice hot cup of sugary tea is the only thing that will help my hacking cough

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    The reason this works is that you are numbing the Vagus nerve - the nerve of coughing - and breathing.

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    OMG this post has made my day, I am going thru this right now terrible hacking for 2-3 hrs. every day it is driving me to tears which is terrible. I always have Hydrcodone in the house, but hardly use it as the after effects make me feel really horrible. But it works like magic.My bottle said 2013 on it but yest I took a teaspoon at 1pm and it was like a facuet turing off but the neausea kicked in by 5pm lasted till 8pm. Does anyone have any suggestions. I also find that 2 glasses of red wine work as good, but I do not want to drink wine at 11am. Me the strong one is reduced to tears makes me even more angry at myself. I am just feeling so lost lately. Also don't judge my spelling I am just as bad at that. Any suggestions wld be so appreciated. Pat

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