It’s that time of year again, cold season. So many people are coughing, sneezing, and are plain uncomfortable. According to Dr. Oz on Dec. 5, 2013, there could be two hidden reasons your cough will not clear, even after the virus leaves your body.
One of the reasons is silent mucous. This condition is usually the cause of post nasal drip from allergies or a mild cold. Dr Oz stated you will have to do something proactive to get rid of the mucous. It will not clear on its own. One suggestion he had was to eliminate dairy from your diet for a week and see if your mucous clears. He went on to stay that silent mucous is typically an allergy or sensitivity to something you eat.
The second reason you can have a lingering cough is silent reflux. If you find you do not have silent mucous and think silent reflux is a problem, you should see a professional to get properly diagnosed and treated. Dr. Oz did have a few suggestions to ease the discomfort and try to alleviate your symptoms.
The first tip he gave was avoided eating three hours before bed. He also said it is often helpful to not partake in any carbonated drinks or friend foods. The last tip he had was to drink calming hot herbal teas like ginger or chamomile.
Have you ever suffered from silent mucous or reflux? Did it go away? How did you treat it?