OK, I am NOT advocating the alcoholic type here, especially since it gives me gout! What I am talking about is drinking a super-chilled drink slowly through a straw when I feel the tightness of asthma coming on. Even something simple as ice water helps a lot. Amazingly, it seems to numb the nerve responsible for causing uncontrollable dry hacking for me. I have to sip slowly and really get the fluid to the back of my throat, then swallow slowly. A caffinated and carbonated cold drink seems the best for putting an attack on the back burner. If I am in a public situation or in a car, it least it buys me some time. Anyone else notice this? Have similar experiences? Other weird stuff to control the coughing?