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When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 1:17 pm

It's a Tuesday night, dead in the middle of crew warm-up season, and I can feel that sore throat coming on for tomorrow morning. You know, the one where you wake up and can barely swallow, then the day after that begins a marathon of tissues and headaches that can't be stopped. Does anyone have any tricks or remedies to help calm a cold? I'll take any advice I can get!

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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:13 pm

Zicam. While uncomfortable to use in my opinion, it really does shorten things up. While taking this, I usually use Day/Night Quill. Usually takes care of things in 2-3 days for me. Also, listen to others when they say lots of water and in my case, orange juice.


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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:19 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 1):
Also, listen to others when they say lots of water and in my case, orange juice.

Yes, definitly that. Plus as much sleep as you can get. I have allergies too, so I use Benedryl for that stuffy head feeling. But sadly, I can only use it at night because it causes major drowziness.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:20 pm

Have you ever tried Airborne? I've read that it isn't scientifically proven to do really anything, but I've heard some good stories about it.

 
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:37 pm

Quoting Trav110 (Reply 3):
Have you ever tried Airborne?

The thing with this though is that it is more designed to prevent rather than cure. Hence they advertise it for use before entering airplanes, or any area where one can more easily get sick.


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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:56 pm

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
you wake up and can barely swallow, then the day after that begins a marathon of tissues and headaches that can't be stopped.

That's basically the way my colds start.

I'll use Claritin or Tylenol Alergy/Sinus if it is a head cold. Other than that, plenty of sleep and make sure to eat well is about all I do.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 10:15 pm

If it's just a common cold, stay away from all those drugs. Rather eat lots of oranges and drink orange juice. Vitamin C is the best against a common cold
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:14 pm

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any tricks or remedies to help calm a cold? I'll take any advice I can get!

Have some spicy Clear soup.Warm the room,Have lots of warm water & apply some Vicks vapourrub while sleeping around the nose.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:27 am

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any tricks or remedies to help calm a cold?

Whenever I get that feeling of a cold coming on, I do three things:

1. Immediately pop a couple of Airborne.
2. Get some Robinson's Orange Squash from Cost Plus World Market and make a large mug of it with HOT water. Then to that I add some brandy and drink it while it's hot (it aides the 'sweating it out' part that comes next).
3. Go to bed with a hot water bottle under a thick blanket and sleep. I make sure I'm hot enough to be sweating, and have plenty of fluids on hand to stop myself from dehydrating (I find a bottle of water and some lucozade or gatorade tend to be enough).

By the morning, I'm as right as rain.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:34 am

1. Have some soup
2. Take some Buckley's
3. Get lots of excercise

It works for me  Smile
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:20 am

A Hot Toddy always works for me, followed by plenty of sleep in a warm but well-ventilated room, drinking plenty of fluids (particularly those rich in Vitamin C).

Just in case you do not know what a Hot Toddy is

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Hot Toddies
A toddy is a hot drink, traditionally made with whisky, honey and spices (usually cloves). Traditionally a mug is warmed with boiling water before the warming alcoholic drink is poured into it. Less traditional hot toddies use rum or brandy with an orange slice or a slug of reposado tequila and a slice of lime.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:48 am

As soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with Listerine.

That works for me and also prevents the cold.

The only time I have got a cold in the last 3 years was when I was traveling and didn't have any Listerine (and couldn't be bothered going buying any!)
 
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 5:53 am

I just had a terrible cold for the past two days. I feel better today because yesterday I went to the gym in a desperate effort to take my mind off of the illness, and attempt to "sweat" it out. I feel much better today!

I also drank about 7 or 8 bottles of water, but I do that everyday..
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:33 am

Try Cold Ease or a generic zinc lozenge. Begin taking them at the first sign of a cold and keep taking 3 or 4 per day until your symptoms are gone. Not only does it shorten the life of your cold, it also makes the symptoms less severe. It works every time for me. Just make sure you avoid citrus fruit or juice for 30 minutes before and after you take a lozenge.
 
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:38 am

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 13):
Try Cold Ease or a generic zinc lozenge.

I've tried that approach on several occasions. Unfortunately for me, it only worked once.
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RE: When You Know You're Catching The Cold

Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:43 am

I use a generic version of Airborne as well as Zicam. I think these zinc based products really work. Funny, it was last night that I felt a cold coming on. It hit pretty hard but it doesn't seem to be spreading.

Good luck with yours.

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