Cough, cough. Sniffle, snort. We all know it's coming — that dreaded season between now, and oh, March when at least one person in the office has fallen prey to a cough, cold, the flu or worse.

And coming right on the heels of that is the cure for what ails you, the gross-tasting medicine doled out by doctors without a thought to your gagging mechanism. Yes, it's worthwhile to take the meds to get better, but must they always leave you with that awful feeling in your mouth?

Yes, some brands pride themselves on offering an option that tastes awful ("and it works!"), and the banana-flavoured penicillin of our childhood days can get a boost from the pharmacy, but to make life easier, it's time to learn how to just take the meds.

In this week's How To, Howcast offers up some useful tips to make sure you take what the doctor gives you — and we're thinking it could also be applied to any icky tasting situation, like when you're completely turned off from a host's meal and trying not to insult them (that's where the ice cube trick comes into play).

Do you have your own methods for avoiding gross-tasting medication? We've love the hints — let us know in the comments below!

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  • Brie

    Complaints about Brie include its runniness, the strange white rind no one knows what to do with (hint: you can eat it), and its general smell.

  • Cauliflower

    With one commenter calling it the "poor man's broccoli" and others decrying its mealy taste and gross, brain-like look, cauliflower doesn't get a lot of love.

  • Onions

    Usually most hated when they're raw, it could be the putrid breath left by eating onions that make them so reviled.

  • Tofu

    People hate both the lack of taste and the texture of tofu, and interestingly, non-vegetarians seem to dislike it the most.

  • Cilantro

    There's actually some science behind this one -- <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5911387/is-cilantro-hating-genetic" target="_hplink">finding cilantro gross could actually be genetic</a>, according to researchers at the University of Toronto.

  • Coconut

    It's shredded coconut that takes the heat (coconut milk, on the other hand, seems almost universally loved), and it's likely the hard-to-chew texture causing the disgust.

  • Blue Cheese

    It doesn't help that there's literal cultures of mould in the cheese, or that the common description of its smell is "dirty diapers," so it should be no surprise blue cheese was high on the list of gross food.

  • Cooked Carrots

    We're just going to ask this question -- is there anyone who likes cooked carrots? A bit slimy and tough to cut, they're acceptable in soups, but not really preferred.

  • Ketchup

    That's right -- the condiment most likely to be found in any kitchen is also really hated by some people, who are especially offended by the many, many foods onto which ketchup is poured, <a href="http://the-eats.com/2012/01/17/terrible-tuesdays-i-hate-ketchup/" target="_hplink">like macaroni and cheese, and steaks</a>.

  • Anchovies

    Eating something fishy sounds like part of the experience of eating fish -- but as it turns out, people don't really want their fish to smell that much. One science exhibit in San Francisco also pointed out that <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/0608-why_i_hate_anchovies.htm" target="_hplink">anchovies' interaction with other foods could create a distasteful combination</a>.

  • Sweetbreads

    Organ meats, perhaps for the pure 'ick' factor, came up a few times as gross items, but sweetbreads seemed to inspired a particular gag reflex in people. Perhaps it's the idea of an animal's throat ... in your throat?

  • Licorice

    The strong, anise flavour of licorice tends to divide people into those who love allsorts, and those who don't, but as it turns out, all that flavour might not be good for you -- in fact, <a href="http://thestir.cafemom.com/healthy_living/128170/loving_black_licorice_will_break" target="_hplink">eating licorice more than twice a week could cause heart arrhythmias</a>.

  • Olives

    They're lauded for their long-life giving qualities, but others absolutely abhor olives for their saltiness, and the smell coming off those carts in the grocery store.

  • Lima Beans

    Maybe it's the graininess, maybe it's the fact that they were vegetables forced upon you as a child, but lima beans -- above green beans, peas and other legumes -- are quite hated.

  • Goat Cheese

    Creamy textures tend to be an issue for a certain kind of person, and goat cheese poses a problematic mouthfeel for just those folks. <a href="http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/473078" target="_hplink">A massive discussion on Chowhound</a> revealed some people find the cheese as hard to swallow as cilantro is for other.

  • Liver

    As <a href="http://www.delish.com/food-fun/polarizing-foods-liver#slide-10" target="_hplink">Delish.com put it in their analysis</a>, "It's meant to capture toxins...and someone wants me to EAT this???"

  • Oysters

    "Like eating the bottom of the ocean," some people say when describing oysters, which can be taken as a good thing -- or not. There's also the issue of the texture when oysters are raw, in which case they should never, ever tried to be chewed.

  • Mushrooms

    When mushrooms go bad, they go really bad, with a slimy texture that would turn off even the biggest fungus lover. But even fresh mushrooms are vile to some, thanks to their texture, taste, and yes, the fact that they come right from the dirty ground.

  • Cottage Cheese

    We won't regale you with some of the descriptions of cottage cheese in case you do in fact enjoy these cheese curds, but just know this -- people think it looks disgusting, it smells disgusting and it has absolutely no place in anyone's fridge.

  • Raisins

    Raisins appear to be less offensive on their own, but people really, really hate when they suddenly crop up in the middle of, say, muffins or puddings. The lesson? Keep raisins confined to those cute little boxes.