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Old 12-29-2018, 17:53   #1
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I'm a week into having a mild head cold. It's lingering, but not getting serious.

For head congestion I take mega doses of vit. C. It works better than an antihistamine for me without drying out my throat so much. (Even 1/4 of a tablet of Benedryl will cause dryness and so much irritation in my throat that I cough constantly.)

I also take 5,000 to 6,000 iu Vit. D-3 a day. I have it on hand so used it.

Then, to help break up any bronchial congestion (I'm prone to bronchitis after even a mild cold) I take an expectorant (a tussis cough syrup that's for diabetics so doesn't have sugar in it).

A humidifier and plenty of rest.

If I had some garlic pills I would have taken them, I think - not a good thing to take for someone with an autoimmune condition. (probably also not the Vit. D, but hasn't seemed to cause a flare).

What do others do when they get sick?

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I'm a week into having a mild head cold. It's lingering, but not getting serious.

For head congestion I take mega doses of vit. C. It works better than an antihistamine for me without drying out my throat so much. (Even 1/4 of a tablet of Benedryl will cause dryness and so much irritation in my throat that I cough constantly.)

I also take 5,000 to 6,000 iu Vit. D-3 a day. I have it on hand so used it.

Then, to help break up any bronchial congestion (I'm prone to bronchitis after even a mild cold) I take an expectorant (a tussis cough syrup that's for diabetics so doesn't have sugar in it).

A humidifier and plenty of rest.

If I had some garlic pills I would have taken them, I think - not a good thing to take for someone with an autoimmune condition. (probably also not the Vit. D, but hasn't seemed to cause a flare).

What do others do when they get sick?
What type of vitamin C are you taking? I've seen it come as large pills but I have a bad gag reflex and have become accustomed to eating gummie vitamins. I was about to get rid of my fruit flavoured vitamin chewable tablets (500mg of vitamin C each). Can I still use them? I also have a box of caramel calcium chews with vitamin D in them. And, I have a bottle of chewable multivitamins, plus, a bottle of gummies for hair, skin and nails. Oh, who am I kidding? It's all candy and I'll probably have to throw them out if I can't find someone to donate them to.

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Last couple of years I've only had mild colds. Year round daily I take a mulitvitamin and supplement a 5000 iu Vit D3, 1 gram Vit C as ascorbyl palmitate that I encapsulate, 900 mg of garlic. I bump up the vitamin C and add some zinc for the first day or two.

@PhoenixFire - the Vitamin C I add when I feel like I'm getting a cold is a 500 mg chewable tablet.

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Last couple of years I've only had mild colds. Year round daily I take a mulitvitamin and supplement a 5000 iu Vit D3, 1 gram Vit C as ascorbyl palmitate that I encapsulate, 900 mg of garlic. I bump up the vitamin C and add some zinc for the first day or two.

@PhoenixFire - the Vitamin C I add when I feel like I'm getting a cold is a 500 mg chewable tablet.
A while ago, I bought a bottle of Jamieson vitamin C on sale and it has 330 chewable 500mg tablets. Would taking one a day expose me to too much sugar? Also, what do you mean by "I encapsulate"? Do you put the powder in a capsule?

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My experience with colds/viruses/flu:
Years ago in my 40's (before diabetes), I'd get at least 3-4 bad colds per year. Sometimes severe chest congestion. Vitamin C in tablets or food didn't help. After reading about Zinc, I tried it - didn't help.

During one especially bad, stubborn chest cold that wouldn't go away, I read (or heard...don't remember which) that the capsaicin in salsa kills bacteria & viruses more effectively than any drug. I bought a tub of hot salsa & some tortilla chips. After a few hours of uh....coughing up stuff, the cold was gone the next morning.

Later, I read that the sulphur compounds in raw onions & garlic actually boost the immune system, making it harder to catch colds. Many years ago, people didn't understand how onions prevented illness, but they just knew they did & at one time, onions were used as cash. I was very skeptical, but I started adding onions to salads - at least every 2-3 days. I was pretty surprised when 4 years went by without a cold. There were a few times when I'd start to get a cold - sore throat, cough, aches, etc. but when I'd wake up the next morning, it was gone. I was starting to believe it.

I don't get flu shots; never had one. I had the flu 40 years ago & never since, despite working in places around sick people for years & visiting friends who had the flu. Well....maybe it's the onion? I don't take vitamin pills. I know many people do; if you feel they help, (just as with a flu shot), go for it.

We're always hearing about how people with diabetes have a "compromised" immune system & are more prone to colds/flu. I don't believe it; it that were true, I'd be getting sick more often now.

I don't think cooked or sautéed onions will have the same effect; the part that makes your eyes tear is probably the effective ingredient & it's destroyed by cooking.

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A while ago, I bought a bottle of Jamieson vitamin C on sale and it has 330 chewable 500mg tablets. Would taking one a day expose me to too much sugar? Also, what do you mean by "I encapsulate"? Do you put the powder in a capsule?
Do your vitamin C's contain sugar?

Yes, I have a Capsule Machine. It does 24 capsules at a time, all by hand. I separate the capsules, put the bottom halves of the capsule in one piece, and the top halves in another. Put the powder in the bottom halves, then tamp them until full, put the pieces together, squeeze the halves together, then pop out 24 capsules.

Like xring, I eat onion too, in my salads or even a slice with a meal. I also eat fresh peppers. Just bought some Seranos. May be that's what's doing the most good. But I think I'll keep on doing the extra C and zinc too if I start acting like I'm getting sick. Ascorbyl Palmitate is an oil soluble vitamin C that can be stored and is not excreted like ascorbic acid.

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I really don't do much special for colds/viruses. I do take 1,000-2,000 units of D3 daily but that's about it for supplements. When a cold/virus comes on, I'll stick with either aspirin or acetominophen and a decongestant (if I need it) and either tea or hot water or soup to combat the congestion and rest (I'm retired; so I usually have that luxury) If I can spot the cold coming on soon enough, I might take a couple of zinc acetate/gluconate tablets. But I'm usually not that on top of it.

With germ-factory grandkids around it seems my wife and I have been exposed to a far greater number of infections over the past few years. But we've been able to handle them fairly easily -- it's more of a nuisance than a sideline.

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I seldom get a cold or virus (5yrs. or so). I do take flu shots and have taken the Pneumonia injections. I take a vitamin D every day, as my blood work showed a deficiency in that vitamin. Other than that I take no vitamins.

I spent the holidays with my Grandkids over Christmas and came home with a soar throat, running nose and dry cough (virus/ cold). I have been taking Mucinex D to keep from tightening in my chest and to dry up my nose.

Unfortunately, this dropped into my chest over the last two days and as of this morning the deep cough is producing sputum that is yellow and green (signs of a bacterial infection). I will be going to a doctor today and seeing if I can get some antibiotics. Love those Grandkids but they have strong germs...

I don't go through this often, but when I do I have to stay on top of it or it will get worse…..

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div, I am experiencing the same type of virus. It's been a week now and am teetering on the edge of bronchitis, which is the usual progression of any cold I get. Hoping to hold it at bay.

I remember another treatment that I neglected to do and that's a salt water nasal rinse (I use a nettipot). One should do this 3-4 times a day, and also rinse eyes. It's supposed to cut the germs in half in the sinuses and throat.

I'm going to do this all day today, but it may be too late. But it makes the congestion in my head much less which is nice.

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VeeJay...thanks! I use the saline nasal spray at night all the time to keep my nose clear, it is good stuff! Since I am going to the drug store anyway, I will check out one of those 'nasal pots'... I also have good eye drops I use as my eyes get dry during the winter.

Therefore, I will immediately use your suggestions....Thanks as always!

PC: Since my last post I sent a 'text' to my doctor, who has been monitoring my gout, which is now I think, finally under control! I explained my condition and he said the sputum being yellow and green is a sign of a bacterial infection that can be treated with antibiotics. Therefore, he called in a prescription for me....he has been great as we worked through this gout..., usually he would not call in a prescription, but he made an exception...


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