I’m one of those people who swears they never get sick traveling. I pop Airborne days before travel and every day during the trip. I carry Purell with me and use it frequently. I’m just damn lucky – until now. My trip to Las Vegas for CES 2017 started off like any other until the night of day three when I came down with a terrible cough. No other symptoms, just a horrendous cough.
Of course, being a techie and an SEO, I Googled my symptoms and discovered the infamous “Vegas cough.” This cough is allegedly thought to be caused by coming from a humid climate to Vegas’ dry climate. Many turn on the AC or open the windows when they arrived at their hotel rooms. Of course, this is the first thing I do when I hit a hotel room. It was the perfect storm of climate change to trick my body into thinking it was sick with the Vegas cough.
With four days to trek through the CES show floors across town, here’s what I did to beat and cope with my Vegas cough.
I already track my water habits Hydro Coach and aim to drink a gallon of water a day. One of the best things for a dry cough is to keep hydrated, so I upped my intake to a gallon and a half. When my throat hurt from coughing, staying hydrated dulled the pain.
I drank a hot cup of tea in the morning and one before bed each night. I added honey, too, to soothe my throat and let the steam from the tea help loosen what was making me cough. It didn’t matter the type of tea, but I had chamomile at night and black in the morning.
I took a hot shower each night, for about 30 minutes, and placed a towel over my head during it. I let the hot water saturate the towel, creating a sauna-like feeling within the shower. The steam helped loosen mucous and let me both cough it up and blow my nose to rid myself of irritants.
At one point, my cough kept me up all night. The next day I decided to take a break from the frantic CES pace and rest at my hotel. I slept most of the day away and relaxed, which I think recharged my batteries and made a difference the next day. I woke up refreshed, feeling better than I had previous days.
When all else failed, I tackled my lingering cough with menthol cough drops from Walgreens. They helped suppress my need to cough, especially in crowds, and allowed me to get on with my day. I carried a handful at a time in my pocket, popped one in as I made my way through the show floor, and went on my way.