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Glenda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 04:18 PM
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How long does it take for a cold to incubate?
In other words, who gave me this cold, and when did I come in contact with them?
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 05:01 PM
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1. the old saying goes
"three days to catch a cold, three days to have a cold and three days to get over a cold.

so think back 72 hours and there's your culprit
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 05:04 PM
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2. I haven't heard that one.
this is what I've heard, regarding treatment, though:

You can take something for it and it will go away in seven days,
or, you can NOT take something for it and it will go away in a week.

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 05:12 PM
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3. actually ZiCam works great if you start at the first sign of symptoms
I swear by the stuff for good old fashioned head colds (haven't had much luck with it for the flu though....)

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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 05:37 PM
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4. nice visual.
Me? I take an herbal concoction called Wellness Formula at the first sign of imbalance. Works like a charm....
:thumbsup:
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Glenda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 07:32 PM
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6. Oh, thanks, I may look for it...
Maybe I'll look for what you mentioned tomorrow at the health store. I'm looking at the ingredients. For tonight I will increase my Vit C and eat some garlic cloves. I might have some Pau D'Arco tea around somewhere

Thanks! :hi:
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Glenda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 07:34 PM
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7. what's the difference between having a cold and getting over it?
hmmmmm.... What was I doing on Wednesday...?
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 07:56 PM
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10. you feel sorta crappy for 3 days, then horribly crappy for three days
then less crappy until you're all better (usually.... you guessed it.... 3 days LOL)
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 05:53 PM
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5. I got over my last cold in record time
using the advice at this site: http://www.commoncold.org /

NSAIDs and first-generation antihistamines.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 07:42 PM
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8. 8-12 hours for incubation, 36-72 hours for symptoms
According to commoncold.org...

From the time a cold virus enters the nose, it takes 8-12 hours for the viral reproductive cycle to be completed and for new cold virus to be released in nasal secretions. This interval is called the incubation period.

Cold symptoms can also begin shortly after virus is first produced in the nose (10-12 hours). The time from the beginning of the infection to the peak of symptoms is typically 36-72 hours.


http://www.commoncold.org/undrstn3.htm

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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 07:44 PM
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9. Wow, that's faster than I thought. n/t
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