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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:32 AM
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What's the best overall thing to take for a cold?
I had a sort throat last Friday night...and I could just feel it turning into a cold. And it has.

I'm taking zinc like crazy, as well as lots of vitamin C. And a lot of very hot showers. I want to kill this goddammned thing.

But I still have a stopped up nose, I've been sneezing and I've been coughing like I'm going to hack up a lung or something.

Thanks.

PS. To my Chicago DU'er friends: I don't think I'm going to make it tonight. I really don't want to give you this. Plus, I don't think you want to have me at the bar, coughing up entire body parts.

Terry
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Francesca Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:35 AM
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1. zinc and vit c
usually work for me.. but the third most important ingredient is SLEEP...get some.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:35 AM
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2. Alka-Seltzer Cold....I hate it, but I swear by it.
It knocks the cold right out of there. I chase it with O.J. Feel better Terry. :hug:
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:41 AM
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3. Hope you feel better soon
Don't forget to eat some healthy greens and fruit. People tend to forget to eat properly when they're sick and nothing tastes good. Also a nice bowl of chicken soup is good.
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:42 AM
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6. Isn't it starve a cold?
or is that an old wive's tale?
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Gore1FL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:41 AM
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4. I use Robabtussen CF when I am congested.
the Dextromathoprine (sp?) makes you feel human.
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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:42 AM
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5. Before bed have a shot of
Irish Whiskey and spread Vicks on your chest for night coughing.
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:47 AM
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7. A shot of blackberry brandy every hour ...
makes yah feel real good when you're sick.
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BlueCollar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:51 AM
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8. Marmite on toast and OJ..n/t
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meti57b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 06:56 AM
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9. something I discovered but you can't get it .... prednisone
For the first time ever, I had an asthma-like attack last winter and ended up in the emergency hospital at the same time I had a cold. In addition to an asthma treatment and inhaler ...they gave me Prednisone pills.

That prednisone put an amazingly fast end to the cold symptoms.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:19 AM
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10. I like Nyquil, actually the CVS brand 1/2 the price. It knocks you out
for a few hours anyway.
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:21 AM
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11. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide 25
5 hits and you'll be fine :)
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:43 AM
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14. CStT, considering I sound like I've contracted the black plague....
some LSD might make me feel better. It won't get rid of the cold...but when you're on a nice trip, who cares? :-)
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ChavezSpeakstheTruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:46 AM
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15. You won't soon forget this cold
If you take my advice :)
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freestyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:27 AM
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12. A day off, very spicy chicken soup, hot toddy
The most important thing is to take a day off, or at least rest as much as possible at the first sign of a cold. Really spicy soup,with lots of onions, garlic, and red and black pepper helps move things along. And a hot toddy is good for head clearing and helping with sleep. Good luck.
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MichaelHarris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:33 AM
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13. A
handful of Valium, but then again that's my answer for everything lately.
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kick-ass-bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 07:53 AM
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16. Echinecia (sp?)
But it may be too late - that works best when you first start feeling symptoms...
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 08:12 AM
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17. Vicodin...
.... and sleep :)

I've tried just about everything, and just getting rest seems to be about the best thing you can do IMHO.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 08:16 AM
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18. Usually Triaminic & Drixoral
But what seems to help a lot is I gargle two or three times a day with Jim Beam when the cold is at its worst. Seriously, it seems to help.
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 08:18 AM
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19. Whiskey. Burn it out.
n/t
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 08:25 AM
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20. Rest, fluids, more rest
Chicken soup, drugs for the symptoms, more rest.

Feel better soon, sweetie!
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:21 AM
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21. Best Home Remedy for Colds
Take a Garlic Capsule chased with a Tablespoon or two of Lemon Juice sprinkled with Cayenne Pepper.

Do this every hour

It will fix you up in no time.
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liontamer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:22 AM
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22. 2 shots of vodka
It really works!
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Magrittes Pipe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:42 AM
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23. Two of these.
;)
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 09:46 AM
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24. That just might help...
:-)
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Senior citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 01:51 PM
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25. Overall things don't do much for a cold.
But pajamas seem to help. :bounce: :toast: :hi:

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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 01:55 PM
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26. Here's my Polish grandma's cure
keep a jelly jar on the window sill. Fill it with layers of raspberries and sugar and let it forment for couple weeks. Then, when you have cold, put a teaspoon or so in a cup of hot tea. Have a couple cups a day. When the level gets low, just add more raspberries and sugar. Good stuff.
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DemOverseas Donating Member (364 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:04 PM
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27. Water
Hydrate yourself.
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Maiden England Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:07 PM
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28. Zinc Gluconate
was the form actually shown to shorten the period of symptoms of a cold, Nyquil and Dayquil are about the best thing to minimize symptoms once you've got them
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:08 PM
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29. Heroine
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:08 PM
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30. I'm just getting over a cold
that started last Wednesday.

Take anything that will suppress the cough because the cough keeps you up, makes you tired and makes the cold worse.

Last night was my first six hours of sleep straight since Wednesday and I feel much better.

Good luck!!
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:10 PM
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31. If you're not driving or working, Comtrex or Theraflu
Both have pleasant intoxicating side effects. Theraflu tastes like shit-put some honey in it, if you go that route.
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marcus_b Donating Member (113 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:11 PM
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32. Nothing
A cold is a viral infection. Human beings have found ways to kill lots of people in a few seconds, but nothing against the flu.

The only thing you can do is stuff to reduce the symptoms, and help you get over it without also getting a bacterial infection. If you get a bacterial infection, then there are many things you can do, starting with inhaling chamomile to getting antibiotics.

Take it slow, get well soon.
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miss_kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:14 PM
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33. Okay. I haven't read ANY of the other suggestions
hot water with lemon juice and honey. Very soothing. Hard to OD on. Rest. The Zinc losenge works well-but it can be gaggy. and NyQuil, but not if you are driving...
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sleepyhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:17 PM
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34. Homemade chicken soup
with garlic and a couple of chili peppers tossed in. At bedtime have a hot toddy or hot buttered rum and you will sleep like a baby. Lots of fluids and rest. Take a day off from work if you can and doze on the couch with your soup and many glasses of water.
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:19 PM
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35. Cold-eeze
Edited on Tue Oct-05-04 02:19 PM by Chovexani
Those are zinc lozenges. I had a bad summer cold strike me at an extremely inopportune time, three days before I was supposed to go to a big geekfest in NJ. I took Cold-eeze like mad and was practically 100% better by the weekend.

I actually bought them because I heard the ads on Air America and wanted to support the company. Turns out they work remarkably well.
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-05-04 02:54 PM
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36. Mix this concoction:
1 tsp. of garlic
1/4 tsp. of cayenne powder
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 c vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey.

Drink every 4 hrs.
You'll be better in no time :)
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