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What works for you when you have a cold?

I have a sore throat, stuffy nose, hacking cough, and body aches. Summer colds are the worst. Been getting lots of sleep, sucking on zinc lozenges, taking extra vitamin C, drinking hot tea and chicken soup and Theraflu (not together, ew), and at this rate I'll try anything if it works.

By bleurowz
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As you know, nothing cures the cold and it will run its course in its own time.

To alleviate symptoms, I:
-Sleep as much as possible.
-Drink a ton of fluids.
-Take multi-symptom cold meds.
-Use sugar-free lozenges.
-Practice patience.
-Visualize the virus cells dying a merciless death.

Ha! Kidding on the last one.

BlueWave Level 7 July 11, 2018
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That sounds pretty much like what i do

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Warm salt water gargle feels good on a sore throat. Saline nasal spray. Sleep and baby yourself if you can!

AmiSue Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Lemsips and sleep.

Ellatynemouth Level 8 July 11, 2018
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You just have to ride it out. Treat the symptoms is all you can do. Your immune system is working as those symptoms are the battle going on in your body. Feel better soon.

Countrywoman Level 8 July 12, 2018
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Cognac.

Hebert54 Level 7 July 11, 2018
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I just sleep as much as I can. It seems cut the time I am sick in half. At least I am sick for only about half as many days.... Rest and plenty of liquids is still the best thing for a cold.

snytiger6 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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My chicken soup (loads of garlic), Aleve and Claritin. Right as rain, next day.

SheBeSecular Level 6 July 11, 2018
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I don't know how true it is, but I hear that saunas can help.

Piece2YourPuzzle Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Grate some ginger, squeeze the juice out of it all, then mix the juice in some Coca Cola and boil it. Drink it piping hot.

PerbeMayhaps Level 6 July 11, 2018
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I may try that.

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Paracetamol is the wonder drug. Just makes me feel generally better with a cold. Also, a very tall glass of Stones Ginger Wine mixed with Scotch and just a splash of Ginger Ale. Then off to bed.

AlmostVulcan Level 5 July 11, 2018
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A little information about colds. From what I have read, there are about 100 strains of the cold virus. When you have a cold, you become immune to that particular strain. Once you have had every strain, you are then immune from them all and will never have a cold again. I am 80 and I have not had a cold in years, for what that is worth.

jlynn37 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Interesting. That may explain why I would get a cold almost every year and then stopped for a while. This is my first cold in like five years.

@bleurowz Hopefully, it will be your last.

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Whiskey.
And my wife taking care of pooooor sick me.
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bigpawbullets Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Raw honey + lemon + hot tea or
Raw honey + milk + hot tea or
Raw honey + hot milk + baking soda

Any combination of above 3 + shot or couple of vodka will resolve it quickly

Morganfreeman Level 7 July 11, 2018
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Gonna try these.

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Sleep, echinacea/goldenseal, plenty of fluids, adding more vitamin c when I'm not sick or starting to feel sick. Green tea honey and lemon. Eucalyptus oil in shower to help breath

Gmctahoe Level 3 July 11, 2018
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Nothing helps but sleep, staying hydrated, and keeping the air a bit humid.

Feel better soon.

Donotbelieve Level 8 July 11, 2018
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I once worked for a physician who suggested drinking whisky, When I asked if that would cure the cold, he said, "No, but you won't care."

ladyprof70 Level 6 Sep 11, 2018
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I use vicks vapor humidifier, works great! I find the more otc drugs I take, the worse I get but take Aleve for aches.

Presley1209 Level 7 July 11, 2018
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You know you would think since I have an auto-immune disease and I take Methotrexate which suppresses my immune system that I would have a problem with colds but I have not been sick in years

Drsmash253 Level 7 July 11, 2018
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When I first feel a cold coming on I try vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, echinacea, and olive leaf extract, and 50% of the time the cold just disappears. I recommend lipospheric vitamin C sold by Livon Labs. It is a bit expensive, but it is the only form of oral vitamin C that is absorbed as well as intravenous vitamin C.

doug6352 Level 7 July 11, 2018
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With a sore throat I would always visit my MD for a strep test. Better safe than sorry.

doug6352 Level 7 July 11, 2018
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If it doesn't go away or gets worse I may do that.

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I've suffered colds and allergies my entire life the kind turn into sinus infections and bronchial problems, I know all the home remedies, trust me. I've been to more ERT dr's and ER's than you can imagine.

Here's the ONLY thing that works: Grapefruit Extract Oil (it's a white bottle with a red cap) and it's very bitter, you drop 5-10 drops in a glass of water, stir and drink every hour. It dissolves mucus, makes your body alkaline and kills infections and bacteria.

Forget honey, it makes it worse, never do honey, as it feeds bacteria and makes it worse.
Forget OTC, they only dull the pain, plus they're full of sugar.
Forget Orange juice and soda - full of sugar.
Basically stay away from sugar.

My method works. Every time. No matter what.

Redcupcoffee Level 7 July 11, 2018
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I'll have to try it. A friend also recommended this to me as well.

@bleurowz Do some searching about it, you'll see what I mean.

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About 1 week of time plus decongestants.

jlynn37 Level 8 July 11, 2018
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I use Echinacea in a tincture. With goldensral extract. About a dozen drops in a glass of water. Then do it like it was a shot of something 100 +proof of alcohol. It does nothing for the symptoms. But when everyone around me is sick and I get their bug. I seem to get better quicker than those using things to treat the symptoms not the problem.

Stevil Level 8 July 11, 2018
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Get well.

GipsyOfNewSpain Level 8 July 11, 2018
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We here in Africa are blessed with an abundance of elephants, some of us burn its dung (indoors) and take deep inhalations of the smoke, we do the same with dirty, dusty, old cloths. Results guaranteed in 18 hours.

JustChase Level 3 July 11, 2018
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Send some over!

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