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VeeJay 04-16-2016 22:37

How do you treat a cold?
 
I am recovering from a cold that went into my chest (these days it's called an upper-respiratory infection). This time I have managing to avoid going to the doctor (didn't get full-blown bronchitis), and am recovering slowly, although, after 6 days do still have a fever.

I have my own arsenal of things to take for a cold, but when I develop a cough deep into the bronchial region, I am hard-pressed for ideas of what to do, and resort to a sugar-free expectorant cough syrup (and have one with codeine when it gets bad and I can't sleep and start throwing my back out!)

What do you all do when you get a cold, and when you have a bad cough?

neohdiver 04-17-2016 02:50

I prevent it from getting to the bad cough stage by sucking on zinc lozenges by the bucketful at the first sign of a scratchy throat.

Every single cold I got, until my late 30s, turned into a 3-4 week bout with bronchitis (or something close to it - sometimes confirmed by a doctor, sometimes not). Anyone who hears me for the first hour after I wake up (and often longer) suggests I need to go to the ER.

I discovered zinc in law school when I couldn't afford to be laid out for 3-4 weeks. I didn't really expect much, but that first cold lasted 4 days. I never got congested, the phlegm never went below the top of my throat. I figured it was a fluke - but I tried again the next time (and the next . . .) and it has never failed - UNLESS - I don't start within 24 hours of the first sign of a scratchy throat.

It has to be lozenges (yes, they taste really nasty - but so worth it), not the tablets, not vitamin/mineral pills. The last study supported what I thought I'd figured out - that there is something about the coating action that prevents the virus from moving in sufficient quantities from where it was ingested to cause much trouble.

Once it starts moving, I got no magic. Sorry.

div2live 04-17-2016 16:48

VeeJay.....I too have been fighting a cold type illness. I took over the counter drugs trying to keep it all 'flowing' and dry up my sinuses. It all started on Friday the 8th of April. by the following Thursday it had dropped in my chest, had a low fever at night, and the sputum was yellow/greenish/Yech! I know the virus had transition into a bacterial infection. I went to a local clinic and was given some penicellin type meds to take for 10 days. As of yesterday I started feeling much better.

I don't mess with these infections once I can tell they are not viral. I do not get sick very often, maybe once every 3-4 years....

Good Luck

Patdart 04-17-2016 21:54

I take D3 everyday and since I started it, in 5 years I've had only one cold. Don't know if there is a connection but I'm not going to test it. Prior I averaged 4 a year and they always went into my chest as bronchitis/asthma and this last one didn't do that.




Bounty 04-17-2016 22:01

There's a product on the market that claims to shorten a cold. Can't remember the name of it at the moment. I rarely get sick. I've had the sniffles a couple times and the flu twice in 73 years. The first flu was in the mid '80s. That sum-a-gun almost killed me. I just try and stay comfortable.

My mother, rest her soul, used to say, "Starve a cold...you'll feel better in a week. Feed a cold...you'll feel better in 7 days."

VeeJay 04-18-2016 01:10

It appears that prevention is the key. And early intervention. Which is a moot point with this virus having been going on for a week now. I did give in and went to a clinic. No sign of bronchitis. Still running a temp as I have all week long. Was given an antibiotic and we'll see if it helps (hope so). The nurse suggested that I was developing what she called rebound bronchitis - something like inflammation caused by irritation of the cough. (Never heard of this before).

So... I'm increasing Vit D right now, and will be ready next time with zinc.

I read on one website to take 800-1200mg Cimetidine at the first sign of a cold. Anyone know about this?

@Patdart Can I ask what your maintenance dose of Vit D is?

mbuster 04-18-2016 03:54

I used to up the vitamin C and zinc when getting a cold.

May be something to the Vit D3, like Pat, I used to always get a cold that turned into brochitus, and my summer colds were worse than my winter colds But since starting 5000 IU D3 that has ceased. I also take a couple of grams of C daily and that may do something for it too.

Patdart 04-18-2016 04:06

I, too, will take another look at zinc as well as taking the same D3 as my endo suggested that I take 1,500 a day and I do. My surgeon increased it as well as calcium since he was concerned that I wouldn't make new bone with my crushed foot in Dec. and I DID make new bone and healed despite his doubts. I also was in rehab when I caught this cold and had gotten slack about using the hand sanitizer every time I left the room and came back in although I was with several people with pneumonia, etc. I do believe in D3!




neohdiver 04-18-2016 14:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patdart (Post 1112497)
I, too, will take another look at zinc as well as taking the same D3 as my endo suggested that I take 1,500 a day and I do. My surgeon increased it as well as calcium since he was concerned that I wouldn't make new bone with my crushed foot in Dec. and I DID make new bone and healed despite his doubts. I also was in rehab when I caught this cold and had gotten slack about using the hand sanitizer every time I left the room and came back in although I was with several people with pneumonia, etc. I do believe in D3!

I haven't had any luck wit vitamin D3 (on massive doses because I'm deficient), but I had forgotten about the physical mechanisms of prevention.

I don't, if I can help it, touch any surface that 6 million others have touched (like doorknobs). During the winter (prime cold season) I pull my sleeves over my hands or, if exiting the bathroom, use my towel to grab the door. I also actively try to avoid spreading anything to anyone else by the same technique + using sanitizer on my hands anytime I touch my face (as well as frequent washing).

div2live 04-18-2016 18:08

I found out a year or so after I was diagnosed with diabetes that my vitamin D was very low. I was getting chest colds every 6-8 weeks so my doctor tested my vitamin D. I was also taking Januvia, which I now know has a side affect of upper respiratory infections. So I got off of that also back then.

Since then I take 2,000mg of D3 daily and I have very few colds or respiratory infections...although I just got over one last week with the help of some antibiotics. But I do not think I have had anything for over 3 years....

Take care


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