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Cold cures, anyone?

I have been fighting a cold for over a month.  Everytime that I think Im getting over it,,,it comes back.  Tried an antibiotic but it only kept me out of the hospital, for which Im grateful.  A cousin said that the Dr.s in her area are prescribing Augmentin...Might have to go to Dr. to get some yet. 

 

Do you have a cold cure? 

 

Im using my Vit a mix to blend lots of veggies and fruits.  I had gotten away from it for a few weeks and wala...I got a cold.

 

Im heading back to bed for a nap.  Going to get some sunshine later and ride my new bike.

 

Im sick and tired of being sick.

 

 

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An antibiotic won't help with a true cold, which is a viral illness.  If you take an antibiotic, it should be to deal with secondary infections that are probably bacterial, such as a sinus infection, tonsilitis, etc.  Our old family doc used to say that it last a week if you treat it, and seven days if you don't. 

 

My rule of thumb for meds of any sort is that if I take one for three days, or administer one for that long, with no improvement, then it is the wrong drug for whatever we are working against.  This is the principle my vet taught us many ages ago, and it tends to be correct.  I have never had a doctor that disagreed with it. 

 

I am sure your juicing gave you a lot of fiber and vitamins, and couldn't hurt in terms of overall wellness.  Still, anyone can catch a cold. 

 

I tend to use Zicam as a zinc supplement that helps with colds, and it comes in several forms.  If my nose is stuffy, I like the spray.  If it is dry, I use the swabs to soothe my nasal passages. 

 

I think I have shared here before that I used saline spray for a year or so, and didn't get a cold the whole time.  Got lazy and got sick, too, so I woudl say that having a bottle of this in the bathroom, by my chair, and in the car console, to use several times a day, has worked for me in the past. 

 

Also, since we deal with a lot of mold spores in this wet area, and have a ton of pollen from spring through frost, Mike and I both take a Loratadine tablet daily...10 mg, which is the OTC Claritin.  I buy it at Sam's, I think 240 pills for less than $13.  You can get it generic at any drugstore really cheap, maybe not quite that cheap.  Best allergy preventative I can get for about five cents a day. 

 

Mike used ot have a prescription for a strong steroidal nasal spray many years ago.  We tried a Seagate Smiley Surprisedlive Leaf Nasal Spray in place of that , which he uses if he is at all stuffy.  He says it works just as well as the expensive and sort of scary steroid one. 

 

I buy it online from Seagate, buit found it first at a health food store near us.  Now that I know it works weel for us, I order a dozen bottles at a time, for about $8 apiece.  The steroid was $35 or so, ten years ago, when we last bought it.  Seagate makes an olive leaf throat spray for sore throats, too.  

 

I tend to brew up herbal teas for colds, and upset stomachs.  Most grocery stores have various blends for these uses in the tea department now.  Celestial Seasonings makes some nice ones, very reasonably priced, and there are other wellness brands out there, too.   

 

Another nice thing to do for yourself when you have a cold is to take a therapeutic bath.  I bought some bath salts that have eucalyptus and other natural decongestants in them.  Even the J&J baby bath with scents to open up a stuffy nose can help. 

 

Last remedy, is that we keep Vicks Vap-o-rub on the nightstand.  Opens up a stuffy head so you can sleep more peacefully.  I use some homeopathic remedies, which I keep on hand, too, but they aren't readily available, except by mailorder...by the time they arrive, you are better. 

 

Rest and fresh air will help, and you are on the right trail there; but, don' t overdo the exercise demand on a sick body.  Pace yourself.  What you describe says that your immune system is struggling with this bug, or a series of them.  Anything you can do for immune support is not wasted effort. 

 

Don't forget chicken soup...research shows that it does help!   There is no real cure for the common cold, but here are many things you can do to improve your comfort, and lessen its symptoms.  Stay well-hydrated and avoid getting chilled, too. 

 

 

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Mom said Grandpa (a staunch Baptist by the way) would set at the kitchen table and eat an onion like an apple and take a couple shots of whiskey and go to bed. I guess the whiskey put him out and the onion kept folks from getting close to him so it didn't spread.

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You remind me that I've got to get stocked up on these cures.  I also use Zicam at the first sign of a cold.  I really think it helps.  However it sounds like it might be too late to start that for you.  Maybe it's an allergy/sinus complication.  Call the dr? maybe?.  I also use Airborne a lot when I'm run down.  I think it helps but it might be all in my head!  But it can't hurt, I figure.  Get lots of rest, if possible.  Hope you feel better soon.

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We use V8 juice when feel kind of down with a cold. May be kind of costly but it usually helps us get back to our old selves very quickly. Your vit mix may or may not be the same. That house you moved in may also have some dust or mold that is being moved around with the start of heating season. Something to think about checking, especially if you don't get better.

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I have heard that if you have illness in the house to set out a cut onion....it is supposed to absorb the illness...must be an old wives tale.

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Have any of you seen Tylenol Cold and Flu on the counter?  I used to swear by this stuff, but can't find it anymore.

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2 parts whiskey, 1 part honey and 1 part lemon juice

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Doesn't cure you, but you don't care....
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