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Old 12-25-2011, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Sloooowcala Florida
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I used to use Zicam nasal swabs before they banned the sale of them.
The old Zicam swabs with zinc in them were great.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Hot tea with a spoon full of honey and a shot of whiskey in it. The tea warms you , the honey soothes your throat, the whiskey makes you not care if you got a cold.
That's all my Dad ever took when he got a bad cold. Never thought it worked untill I tried it years later. Yep, it makes me feel much better. And some Vicks on the upper lip under the nostrels helps me breathe better.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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When I get a cold I stop eating & only drink fluids, and try to get max sleep. Or if I have to exert myself and thus make myself hungry, I eat as little as possible.

For me this really seems to keep symptoms down & get over the cold faster. Anyone else try this? Anyone have an idea what is behind it? THe theory I heard is that it takes energy/resources to digest food and if the body doesn't have to do that it is better able to fight the cold. Have no idea if it is true or complete hogwash, but I swear it works for me. I have done this for many years.

The OTC stuff to me is all a waste of money. I used to use Nyquil to induce sleep sometimes, but never found anything else to be remotely helpful.
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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I have Airborne. Each tablet is 250mg C plus others. So 4 times a day?
Yes, since you already have Airborne.

My point is that plain Vitamin C is all I take, but I take it everyday. It seems that this is why I haven't had a cold since 2003.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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1000mg of C good enough for the day?
I would think the maximum absorption dose could be taken every 6 hours.

People have different metabolic rates and body sizes, so some would absorb only about 300 and other 700. They're so cheap and harmless, just take a thousand four times a day, make sure there is always some working.

There is nothing magic about the exact dosages that doctors or pharmaceutical maker gravitate to.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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with vitamin c you just kinda pee out the excess, so, as long as you arent a firehose all the time, take as much as you can, and if you smoke take more because smoking depletes the vitamins from your body
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Durham UK
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DRINK,DRINK,DRINK-warm liquids may be better if you have a sore throat
Cider vinegar with sugar and honey (warmed)
zinc 30-45mg daily in 3 doses.
Saline nasal sprays
Gargle with tea tree oil and warm water twice a day
Warm vix/eucalyptus oil inhalations (over basin with towel over your head) to relieve a bunged up nose.
Avoid dry heat

Acetaminophen 6 hourly (no more than 4g in 24 hrs)

Rest if you feel really awful, and don't exercise!
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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REST! Stay on the couch or in bed all day until you feel better. Drink lots of water and/or hot teas w/ lemon and honey. The most important thing is to let your body recover. Don't overwork yourself when you're sick.
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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Mucinex helps also.
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