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Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« on: November 23, 2015, 05:30:06 PM »
Yes, I said it  :P
(a-hem)
And I
(ahem)
was wondering if
(cough)
any stealth tapers here had any
(haa-rrrrrrrrUUUUUMPH)
tried and true solutions to fight
(hack! ehHMMHMM!)
post-nasal drip and its associated need to expectorate
(wheeeeeeeeze! cough!)
during shows. ;-)

Many thanks in advance.  I got an excellent pull of Jerry Douglas at the Birchmere last night, but there's this A-HOLE ===> me <=== who keeps clearing his throat right in his - I mean, my - mics.

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 05:58:54 PM »
I stealthed a quiet acoustic show at my favourite venue a few years back, in winter. The place was lit by candles, it was gorgeous - the crowd were suitably hushed and respectful, the singer was great and the recording turned out beautifully except that I had a cold and all I could hear was myself wheezing. Gutted.
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 06:31:32 PM »
Other than moving mics higher up on your head and cough drops/coughing into your shirt (which help but don't solve the issues) there ain't much you can do...
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2015, 07:23:57 PM »
yeah, if you figure out a way to cure the common cold, let me know. We'll team up and make billions!!!!  :)
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2015, 07:56:12 PM »
yeah, if you figure out a way to cure the common cold, let me know. We'll team up and make billions!!!!  :)
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2015, 11:44:00 PM »
thermos with tea if its a venue that will let you do that
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2015, 05:38:57 AM »
As other folks have said; there's not much you can do once you have a runny noise.  Dayquil hasn't worked very well for me since they changed the formula many years ago.

Exercising more and staying in shape seems to have prevented me from catching many colds, though.  I also avoid things like hand sanitizers and disinfectant soap like the plague in order to strengthen my immune system.

Being in better shape also means I can enjoy shows which require endurance to stand in line for hours and maintain a good spot up front :D

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2015, 10:07:25 AM »
My problem isn't getting sick - it's a chronic condition.  I have a cat so that doesn't help.  But next time I'll try things to thin out the phlegm, cough drops, lots of water, try to avoid eating wheat or spicy foods before the show (good luck with that).

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2015, 11:56:29 AM »
Steroid nasal spray?
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2015, 02:30:27 PM »
When I have a cold, I always use Hall's cough drops. They keep me pretty much cough-free. until they run out. If I was stealthing, I would just keep popping them.
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2015, 04:26:26 PM »
As someone prone to the drip/cough cycle, I highly recommend trying a neti pot if you haven't yet. It's not magic, but it should help cut down on the amount of gunk in your sinuses, at least, which can reduce the drip. (Running a humidifier can't hurt, either.)

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2015, 11:27:58 PM »
gotta move to another picnic table. it's worse when the stealth taper has the pnd.

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2015, 11:42:13 AM »
Aside from the controversy over the years, I regularly take crystallized vitamin c at any onset of a cold. I take roughly 4 grams (1/2 tsp ~ 2 grams mixed with large glass of water).  I seldom have colds with this regimen. I purchase a large bottle of the loose crystals from trader joes. Has worked well for me.

Use caution as consuming this amt can cause gi issues for some.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-C
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2015, 05:50:19 PM »
As someone prone to the drip/cough cycle, I highly recommend trying a neti pot if you haven't yet. It's not magic, but it should help cut down on the amount of gunk in your sinuses, at least, which can reduce the drip. (Running a humidifier can't hurt, either.)

Even better than a traditional neti pot, get the NeilMed sinus rinse.  You mix a packet with distilled water, microwave for 20 seconds, and gently squeeze the resulting saline solution up there.  Do this daily and you will help reduce allergies, infections, etc.  It's gross at first but you'll get used to it.
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2015, 08:23:36 PM »
Clove of garlic a day keeps colds and chicks away   ;D

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2015, 08:27:31 AM »
Cocaine used to work for me.
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2015, 09:17:25 AM »
Cocaine used to work for me.

Me too but the occasional nosebleed was a PITA :o
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2015, 12:16:35 PM »
Hmmmm. A nice narcotic-based cough syrup  >:D usually seemed to cure all sorts of ailments….
but introduced a myriad of other problems for me worse than a cough... :facepalm:
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #18 on: December 27, 2015, 12:25:25 AM »
Tapers are always talking about drugs....:)

A decongestant like Pseudoephedrine (generic Sudafed) might well dry you up. 

An antihistamine/anti-allergy drug like Zyrtec or Claritin might also help.  Look at the active ingredients;  there are generic equivalents to both probably right next to them on the shelf, like Wal-Zyr and Wal-itin at Walgreens. Try a small sample  of each to see if it works for you before buying a whole bottle. 

There are also combos like Claritin-D (D for decongestant = pseudoephedrine) but you'd probably pay more for them than for taking two pills. And if pseudoephedrine works by itself, all the better.

Benadryl will make you woozy, as will some other antihistamines and cough syrups.  The ones above won't.

All of them are over-the-counter, though you will have to show ID to buy the pseudoephedrine because apparently it is used in meth labs.

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2015, 06:35:28 AM »
I'd probably stay away from the Sudafed and generics as they seem to cause a rebound worse than the original symptoms once you stop using them.

Which may be an acceptable compromise for getting you through a gig, of course.
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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #20 on: December 28, 2015, 04:28:06 PM »
I use strepsils when I think I am going to cough- they do some very strong ones these days!.  Drinking fluids constantly helps, also if you cough try waiting until the end of the song.  Something I tried recently was when coughing do not open your mouth- did not hear it on the tape!

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Re: Stealth taper enemy No. 1 - Post-Nasal Drip
« Reply #21 on: December 28, 2015, 06:10:38 PM »
There are also combos like Claritin-D (D for decongestant = pseudoephedrine) but you'd probably pay more for them than for taking two pills.
Claritin doesn't work right away, and it's a 24-hour pill, so I feel weird taking a sudafed on it if it doesn't work...

Nettles can help with seasonal allergies.
$5  for 100 capsules (I take two a day while the symptoms persist), and the only side effect i noticed was a green-flavored burp about 20 minutes after taking them.
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