I was recently diagnosed with oral thrush and an on nystatin swish and swallow for seven days. However, after I left the doctors office I started coming down with a cold (or something of the sort). I am an asthmatic and when I cough it is deep and rough. I am trying to figure out what I can do to soothe my throat other than herbal tea. It seems that even the sugar free cough drops are nut an option because of the aspartame... Any help would be appreciated- my throat is raw and feels like its tearing every time I cough.