Hot Toddy for Bronchitis with Asthma

by Lisa
(New York)

Hello Grandma,

I happen to come across your site becasue I was searching for home remedies for what is currently ailing me. I usualy come down with a bout of bronchitis each year this time (must be a sudden change in weather) and I also have asthma which flairs when I get sick. I did go the doctor and was prescribed 1,000 mg per day of Augmentin for 10 days and 20 mg of Prednisone a day for 5 days. I took both for 5 days and while my ears and throat are 100% better and I am getting alot of "glue" out of my nose my chest is still so congested. I can't seem to move much of anything enough to bring it up. I called the Dr. and he took me off the Augmentin and put me on Doxycycline, I just started taking that today I could deal with the congestion as I know it takes a while to go away but would like to be able to cough without such difficulty and my asthma is constantly being triggered because I am coughing so much. Part of my cough I believe is also due to a small does of Lisinopril that I take each day for my slight high blood pressure. A dry cough is the main side affect for that medication and I of course have that dry tickle in my throat all the time and then get sick with the bronchitis and here I am feeling like I am taking medicine and it's not helping. I read your receipe for the Hot Toddy and I am seriously thinking of giving it a try this evening. Can you offer me any other suggestions to help my asthma (I currently have a resuce inhaler that I can use when my asthma acts up) but I don't like having to go for that all the time.

Thank you for listening and hope to here from you :)

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Oct 15, 2010
RE: Hot Toddy for Bronchitis with Asthma
by: Gillion

are you getting better now? Pei Pa Koa ( ) is one of the few Chinese natural cough remedies that have been scientifically studied. it's something like herb plus honey, and it's sweet, thick and black in color. If you have a cough, look for it! It used to be one of my favourite natural cough remedies.

if your cough persists, seek professional help such as traditional Chinese medicine physicians - I have had very good experiences with them.

Oct 09, 2010
Hot Toddy Recipe & Bronchitis
by: Grandma

Hi Lisa,

I have to admit to you that I honestly know nothing about the medication you are on and what might or might not mix with it. I have no problem at all suggesting you use the lemon and honey to relieve your cough and that tickle in your throat but I am concerned about you using the alcohol with the medication you're taking. Please consult your doctor or at least your pharmacist to see if a small amount of alcohol might be dangerous for your condition when mixing with your medication.

Make sure you use real lemons and bring your lemon juice and honey to a boil before letting it sit to room temperature. This is what makes the mixture medicinal. I have received so much email from people thanking me for this recipe. It really does bring up that awful phelm, especially when you can use the alcohol. Many have told me they were on antibiotics for a very long time for bronchitis with no relief then within a few days of using my recipe they were coughing up all that phelm and finally feeling better.

As far as your asthma Lisa I'd suggest you try going on the food elmination diet to see if it might be a food allergy causing these flair ups. You can find it under "Allergy Wisdom" on the left column. My grandson was on an inhaler, like you, and taking all kinds of meds and still having awful flair-ups before coming to spend a summer with me. I took him off dairy for the summer and he never had one flair-up from his asthma. It's just a thought but worth a try. Believe me, he was tested for allergies but never tested for food allergies.

I realize how frustrated you must be from the meds and side effects only to face another dose of the same symptoms. Hang in there and don't give up looking for an alternative but as long as your taking the medications make sure you always check with your doctor before mixing anything.


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