Is coffee bad for a cough?

Is coffee bad for a cough?

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  1. Greetings,
    Coffee as an occasional ‘treat’ perhaps, but, coffee is acidic and is unhealthy for your throat, your thyroid and your entire body. It is easy enough to make a lovely drink from cacao powder, or herbal coffee.
    Hope this helps~

  2. It is not bad for the cough.
    It will not aid recovery, however, as it dehydrates the body. On the other hand, I find that the diuretic effect of coffee can be helpful in flushing out the GI tract and keeping it tidy.
    I would recommend equal parts coconut water (which is actually more hydrating than water!) and coffee in your diet.
    Plus, this way you get getting double the phytochemicals, and a larger assortment of various phytochemicals, which will help you get over your cough!

  3. Sір water, juісе, broth, and оthеr clear lіԛuіdѕ all dау. Staying hуdrаtеd hеlрѕ уоur immune ѕуѕtеm fіght sickness. It can also hеlр loosen muсuѕ аnd rерlасе fluids you lose frоm blоwіng your nоѕе. Kеер a hеаlthу ѕuррlу оf drinks rіght at your desk.
    But аvоіd coffee, саffеіnаtеd ѕоdаѕ, аnd energy drіnkѕ. Whеn it’s ԛuіttіng tіmе, ѕау “no” to hоt tоddіеѕ. Alсоhоl is dеhуdrаtіng, tоо.
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  4. No, coffee is not bad for a cough. My doctor once told me that it’s actually therapeutic to drink coffee when you have bronchial and/or respritory infections. I think that the caffeine helps to open up your bronchial tubes somehow. Plus the heat of the coffee is soothing for your throat. Have you ever heard that asthmatics should drink black coffee if they don’t have access to an inhaler when they have an attack? I think it’s the same principle.

  5. Coffee is good for cough. I agree with Amit’s answer that on the surface anything which dehydrates isn’t good for health. And it’s probably not. It’s good for post-infection cough though.
    I take a lot of honey when I am sick, and a cup of coffee soothes my throat. I also take honey in warm water and also sometimes with lemon. Vit C helps build immunity ( citation needed ).
    I am also citing a study done in Tehran here which shows dramatic effects of coffee and honey together for post-infection cough syndrome.
    Honey and Coffee Better Than Oral Steroids for Persistent Cough
    Honey plus coffee versus systemic steroid in the treatment of persistent post-infectious cough: a randomised controlled trial.

  6. Coffee probably isn’t going to have a strong effect (acid/alkaline folks might consider it harmful but on the other hand coffee is relatively high in anti-oxidants). However, consuming dairy with your coffee (as many do) could have a negative effect. Dairy is considered by many people to be mucous-forming and therefore should be minimized/avoided when you are suffering from congestion.

    Victor Allen’s

  7. Probably on the slightly negative side.
    Caffeine dehydrates which in turn hinders optimal health. It is a bigger no no if having flu\fever as you are asked to have lots of liquid and stay hydrated.
    Caffeine will hide your body signals like it’s time to rest, pushing recovery however it will keep you more effective to whatever you have to do.
    As to a warm liquid to soothe the throat, however I would suggest
    Lemon Ginger tea (Stash, Yogi) with Honey
    Warm Lemon water, even better with grated ginger
    Indian chai with ginger, a bit lower due to milk, the masala tea bag will do in a pinch
    You need not stop it, but do not add more either. Coffee in better than most things cold including Soda(Cold drink).

  8. Coffee is a theophylline derivative. Caffeine is a bronchodilator but has cardiac effects. It could help with the cough but it depends what the coughing is from. People with heart disease, high blood pressure, or other health problems may not be able to drink coffee. I am not advocating coffee for a cough. It is best to check with your doctor before using coffee or any other drug to treat a cough. The doctor may want you to take an inhaler with a Bronchodilator 1st for a cough. There are also cough suppressants people use for a cough. Any drugs should be approved by a doctor first.
    Asthmatics used to have to take Theodor for their asthma symptoms. In the ER the doctor used to give Aminophylline for a bad asthma attack. The tightness in the chest, the shortness of breath, and the coughing would decrease. The only problem was that Theodor and Aminophylline are cardiac stimulants and the heart would speed up after using them. Today doctors use Bronchodilators, Anti-Cholinergics, and Steroids for better asthma control.


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