Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

When sick with cough dose eating ice make it worse ?

when sick with cough dose eating ice make it worse ?
Asked On : Fri, 4 Feb 2011
Answers:  1 Views:  914
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
ENT Specialist 's  Response
Yes. Here are a few reasons:

1. Most human pathogens (viruses and bacteria) multiply best at an ideal temperature which is just below normal body temperature. Ice will lower the temperature in your throat.

2. A decrease in temperature causes local blood vessels to constrict, thereby decreasing the blood flow. White blood cells cannot easily reach there to fight off the infection.

3. Cold air and water / ice has a desiccating (drying) effect on the delicate mucosa (lining) of your throat and respiratory passages. This disturbs the normal mucus blanket and increases irritation and may worsen your cough.
Answered: Sat, 5 Feb 2011
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor