‘Tis the season…the holiday eating season is upon us. As you gather with family and friends and share feelings of thankfulness, beware of Thanksgiving overeating and triggering your cough. The wonderful distractions of lively conversations and a bounty of delicious food set out as a feast table, are a recipe for Thanksgiving overeating and triggering your cough. In addition to feeling uncomfortably full and lethargic during and after a holiday meal, Thanksgiving overeating may be triggering your cough.
There are many reasons you may be coughing after a holiday meal. For those of you who are already suffering with a persistent or chronic cough, Dr. Mandel Sher suggests you control what you can control and in doing so, manage your cough.
If you are coughing for 8 weeks or longer OR if you have treated your cough but are still coughing, then contact Dr. Mandel Sher: 727-393-8067.
Dr. Mandel Sher’s and Center for Cough’s comprehensive cough treatment are covered by Medicare and commercial insurance payors.
Dr. Mandel Sher suggests the following tips for managing your cough during holiday feasts:
- Take Your Time: Be mindful. Enjoy taste & texture of each bite.
- Use Smaller Plates: Trick your brain into believing your belly is satiated.
- Indulge with Portion Control: Don’t deprive yourself; Use fist or tablespoon as a measure.
- Limit Alcohol, Caffeine, Chocolate, Mint: All can be green lights for reflux.
- Be Hydrated: Water is filling and moisturizing in cold & dry climates and heated spaces.
- Wait 20 Minutes: Before getting dessert and/or seconds.
- Move: Avoid a comfortable sofa & expandable pants. Help clean-up, walk the dog, move!
Most importantly, enjoy those around you and those you are missing and thinking about. Don’t let the very temporary pleasure of indulging in Thanksgiving overeating spoil your good feelings that follow.
Cough begets cough. So, the best defense is an offense. Control what and how much you eat and drink and manage your cough.
Dr. Mandel Sher and Center for Cough team wish you and yours a meaningful and healthy Thanksgiving celebration. Please contact Dr. Mandel Sher for treatment that WILL resolve Your Cough: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com.