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butterflyc

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Woke up with a lovely fever and general malaise today.

Tylenol and other fever reducers are out -- I know that as uncomfortable as I am, the virus is even less so at this temperature.

Any favorite remedies?

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February 27, 2009 5:34 pm
yuetgoo

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A few sots of whiskey, 2 sweatshirts, longjohns and sweatpants, a classic black and white movie and 12 hours of sleep!

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February 27, 2009 5:40 pm
funetiks

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I swear by Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea (Celestial Seasonings).
For a scratchy throat, Honey Lemon Throat Comfort (Yogi Tea) is great.

Hope you feel better soon!

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February 27, 2009 5:47 pm
MintCreation

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A lot of Orange Juice, a lot of cloth and then sweat it out in the bed.. That's what I do when I got a cold.

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February 27, 2009 5:59 pm
comspy

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I feel ya man. I have the flu (I think) and a fever as well. I've been Macheisting in bed all day today.

Just bundle up and sleep. lol

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February 27, 2009 6:01 pm
cmason

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Time.  smile

February 27, 2009 6:09 pm
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Alka Seltzer Plus (sp)

February 27, 2009 6:18 pm
ben.mcmahan

ben.mcmahan

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Emergen-C (2 packets at a time) plus lots of other fluids.  plus rest.

If you cant do the rest, force the fluids regardless.

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February 27, 2009 6:19 pm
DocEatMac

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If you are a healthy person some paracetamol for the fever, a lot of rest and sleep, vitamins (best are some fresh fruits), fluid (but no alcohol :-) ) ... you should feel better in 2 or 3 days, if it is a real influenza it will take about 1 or 2 weeks.

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February 27, 2009 6:25 pm
olemarc

olemarc

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from Barrington, IL
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My wife swears by zicam and airborne, but I just like to complain.

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February 27, 2009 6:30 pm
pipher

pipher

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from Los Angeles, CA
445 posts

neti pot cleans me right out

February 27, 2009 6:34 pm
willwood

willwood

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Plenty of fluids, light exercise outside (short walk or cycle) in the fresh air. A good nights sleep.

February 27, 2009 6:37 pm
toddo

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from Southern California
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In addition to all that has been said, I use something called Juice Plus which is basically vegetables in capsule form. I take a few of those a day and the cold goes away.

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February 27, 2009 6:39 pm
mikeraiwet

mikeraiwet

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from Saskatchewan
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Rest as a remedy and VITAMN D as a preventative!!!

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February 27, 2009 6:58 pm
stjg

stjg

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I you have a clogged nose, I would avoid plenty orange juice, even though I am in the orange team. Too much fruit sugar makes it worse. A ginger tea with the juice a lemon on the other hand is ok.
Don't use medicine to free up your nose. At first the mucosa is appeased, because such medicine makes the blood vessels tighter, but later the tissue tires to get all the nutrients it missed before, so it gets even worse. You can become a kind of addicted to it. If you use it over a prolonged period, your mucosa starts to rot; others can smell that.
Thyme tea is nice because it eases breathing and also kills bacteria, so there is a lesser chance of a secondary infection. It does not help against the viruses though. You can spice it up with peppermint.
Otherwise: Fresh air, but don't exaggerate.

Do something healthy.
Stop eating too many Oranges!

February 27, 2009 7:04 pm
python

python

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Here is one for a runny, head cold.

1. Heat one bottle of English Milk Stout, this is dark type of English beer, not quite as strong as Irish Guiness, you could use Guiness, whatever you do, do not allow it to boil.

2. Sprinkle one teaspoon of ground ginger on the top of the heated liquid, stir slightly.

3. Drink the liquid.

4. Get yourself off to bed straight away, you will start to sweat, that is the idea.

5. Next morning you will feel a lot better.

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February 27, 2009 7:15 pm
roos

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If your throat hurts, there's something wonderful called Throat Coat Medicinal tea (Traditional Medicinals). It's fantastic for sore throats. Take as directed.

In Chicagoland, they sell it at Jewel, in my experience. In Minnesota Cub carries it.

Also, although it sounds cliched, chicken soup will really help with the mucus buildup.

Hope you feel better! I have been home for days with bronchitis, so I know how you feel.

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February 27, 2009 7:18 pm
mrkowalski

mrkowalski

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Tightly congested chest:

Often when I get a cold, I feel like there is tightness in my chest, but cannot seem to cough it up.
I have used Mucinex to loosen that up and allow the coughing to do it's job.  Seems to help with the coughing over time, and get rid of the effects of the cold faster.

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February 27, 2009 7:31 pm
notyoubutme

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stjg wrote:

I you have a clogged nose, I would avoid plenty orange juice, even though I am in the orange team. Too much fruit sugar makes it worse. A ginger tea with the juice a lemon on the other hand is ok.
Don't use medicine to free up your nose. At first the mucosa is appeased, because such medicine makes the blood vessels tighter, but later the tissue tires to get all the nutrients it missed before, so it gets even worse. You can become a kind of addicted to it. If you use it over a prolonged period, your mucosa starts to rot; others can smell that.
Thyme tea is nice because it eases breathing and also kills bacteria, so there is a lesser chance of a secondary infection. It does not help against the viruses though. You can spice it up with peppermint.
Otherwise: Fresh air, but don't exaggerate.

Who you sound like an expert.. Do we have a doctor in the house or do you very often have a cold..

February 27, 2009 7:39 pm
Gilia

Gilia

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from Poland
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Favorite remedies for cold? Definitely hot tea with raspberry juice or alcohol (preferably strong, 95% works best). Also, for sore throat, there are those honey, lemon and raspberry drops that work wonders. Also, I drink fervex when I'm ill, but I've got no idea if one can buy it outside Poland...

And I'd recommend sleeping well and staying in bed, under the covers until the fever goes down.

February 27, 2009 7:46 pm
vpr

vpr

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I usually go for drinking lots of fluid - usually water/tea, getting excessive amounts of sleep, eating 3 hearty and healthy meals even if I'm not hungry...I usually eat a lot of soups when I feel ill too. I often take hot showers, and finally I try to take Dayquil/Nyquil and a multi-vitamin.

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February 27, 2009 7:49 pm
fr0stbyt

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ben.mcmahan wrote:

Emergen-C (2 packets at a time) plus lots of other fluids.  plus rest.

If you cant do the rest, force the fluids regardless.

Emergen-C really picks you up.  That's pretty good stuff.

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February 27, 2009 7:55 pm
bdegrande

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Vitamin C in large amounts and sleep

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February 27, 2009 7:57 pm
nslyax

nslyax

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I will generally drink about a gallon of Hawaiian Punch, then sleep for 20 or so hours.  Not sure that it does anything to help, but it makes me feel a little better.

February 27, 2009 8:39 pm
bucknutz

bucknutz

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from Ohio
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A shot a day keeps the Doctor away wink

February 27, 2009 9:04 pm
mowied

mowied

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from Virginia
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pipher wrote:

neti pot cleans me right out

Heh - my boss is totally devoted to "flushing" with the squeeze bottle equivalent of the neti pot and has the whole department trying it - he will talk to near-strangers in business meetings about it.  I resisted at first but I have to say that I've only had one cold this entire season and it was very short, probably because of that. 

Anyway, once I do have a cold, I like Airborne in orange juice (preferably a citrus-flavored Airborne, of course, not like, "hot apple cider").  I know they say those don't really work but they have a psychological effect for me if nothing else.  And some ibuprofin for aches and sore throat.  If it goes to my chest, I have to add another vote for Mucinex, which will dehydrate like crazy but it works!  Plenty of fluids, no matter what - ginger ale can be nice.

Nyquil and stuff like that just gives me crazy nightmares.  I'd rather snuffle.

I like the Guiness/Stout idea though - might have to try that next time!

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February 27, 2009 9:39 pm
blue_fireball_eater

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It just takes the head from a newt, the wing from a bat, the tongue from a snake, the tail from a rat, the neck from a chicken, the eye from a crow, and a little bitty itty bitty drip of Faygo.

Or at least thats how I remember it.

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February 27, 2009 9:46 pm
ebarnum

ebarnum

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from Iowa
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I'm a big believer in matzah-ball soup. A big bowl of that, some Sprite, and 4x the recommended dose of NyQuil wink

February 28, 2009 5:16 pm
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butterflyc wrote:

Woke up with a lovely fever and general malaise today.

Tylenol and other fever reducers are out -- I know that as uncomfortable as I am, the virus is even less so at this temperature.

Any favorite remedies?

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February 28, 2009 5:19 pm
iceprincess0966

iceprincess0966

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blue_fireball_eater wrote:

It just takes the head from a newt, the wing from a bat, the tongue from a snake, the tail from a rat, the neck from a chicken, the eye from a crow, and a little bitty itty bitty drip of Faygo.

Or at least thats how I remember it.

What flavor Faygo?  smile

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February 28, 2009 5:25 pm
neko

neko

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from barren wastelands of wisconsin
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decongestants and vitamin c-heavy drinks are all i need. i rarely get sick and seem to get hit less hard then other people when i do.

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February 28, 2009 5:26 pm
orliville

orliville

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Man, now you can get medical advice on MH!  What a fantastic community! tongue

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February 28, 2009 10:55 pm
belzek

belzek

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I eat loads of oranges, carrots and bananas. Turn the radiator on and get in my bed. In the next morning I'm normally healthy again.

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February 28, 2009 11:26 pm
yousoldtheworld

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I swear to you, peppermint tea is MAGICAL.

It soothes an upset tummy, helps a sore throat, and cuts down on sniffles.

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March 1, 2009 12:02 am
butterflyc

butterflyc

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OK, I've got a bit of a catch: I'm breastfeeding, so a lot of meds are no-nos. So, no Nyquil, Sudafed.....I should dig out the Mucinex, since this has moved into my sinuses today.

I like the sound of the Guiness (doubt I can easily find another substitute around here) remedy. (In small amounts, alcohol is ok at this point.)

The fever came down by itself. 99's today, but much better than yesterday's 101+ (F). Though I did have some homemade chicken soup for dinner last night, as well as some lovely caramel roiboos (sp?) tea I have.

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March 1, 2009 2:58 am
TripleJ

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Ginger tea is my best friend when i have a cold or flu. Does wonders for me.

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March 1, 2009 3:35 am
fwalrod

fwalrod

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When the fever starts coming on I always make myself a nice hot toddy. That's a shot of your preferred whiskey in a mug, fill with hot water and a spoonful of honey and squeeze of lemon. Drink as fast as you can, bundle up and get in bed with extra blankets. The idea is to sweat the bug out. When I can finally drag myself out of bed and take a hot shower it really perks me up.

For the congestion lots of chicken soup and herbal teas. I like Celestial Seasonings Antioxidant Extra.

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March 1, 2009 2:32 pm
nico76

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a big pot of chicken soup ... grandmothers recipe smile

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March 1, 2009 2:36 pm
applenerd96

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Viruses suck - Since they're not alive they can't be killed by antibiotics :'(

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March 1, 2009 2:45 pm
mollaman

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Airborne and zinc.  It seems to make the misery shorter.

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March 1, 2009 8:01 pm
yellowhornet

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Just a hot honey and lemon drink

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March 1, 2009 9:16 pm
deep_dark_blue

deep_dark_blue

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you should try to drink at least 250ml Jägermeister, even if you are breast-feeding: it is brewed of 56 herbal essences - i am sure that at least one wild help - and even if not: your baby will enjoy it big_smile
- and don't forget the magic "poem" - i think if you babble it at least 3 times a day you will be healthy within the next 3 days again:

Das ist des Jägers Ehrenschild,
Daß er beschützt und hegt sein Wild,
Weidmännisch jagt, wie sich’s gehört,
Den Schöpfer im Geschöpfe ehrt.

A loose translation which preserves the rhyme and meter is:

This is the hunter’s badge of glory,
That he protect and tend his quarry,
Hunt with honour, as is due,
And through the beast to God is true.

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[of course you should voice it in german... otherwise i am not sure if it will help]

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March 1, 2009 9:55 pm
rawknmxpx

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read somewhere in a study a long time ago that you don't want to blow your nose. It ends up swelling your sinuses more and clogging everything up. Gotta do the 'suck back and cough' method to get it out of there. Disgusting but it works. And a good hot toddy and a funny movie always makes me feel better big_smile

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March 1, 2009 10:20 pm
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Hot cold contrast shower with large cups of tea made from http://k53.pbase.com/u15/terrat/upload/4466540.322Echenicea.jpg

March 1, 2009 10:21 pm
stjg

stjg

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from Here
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rawknmxpx wrote:

read somewhere in a study a long time ago that you don't want to blow your nose. It ends up swelling your sinuses more and clogging everything up. Gotta do the 'suck back and cough' method to get it out of there. Disgusting but it works. And a good hot toddy and a funny movie always makes me feel better big_smile

The trick is to blow through just one hole at a time. Try it, it really works.

Do something healthy.
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March 2, 2009 7:19 pm
l0k1

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cmason wrote:

Time.  smile

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March 2, 2009 7:56 pm
BinaryTim

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Staying away from other people with colds/flu.

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March 3, 2009 9:02 pm
Canisreevus

Canisreevus

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Plenty of water, plenty of rest, light exercise, and a nice hot tea with honey (if your throat is sore and/or you have some postnasal drip).  To second stjg, blow your nose one nostril at a time.

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March 4, 2009 5:11 am
denny_crane

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Fathers know best (from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off):

Ferris : Dad, all this talking has made me kinda light headed, I think I oughta lie down.
Tom Bueller : Take a bath, and then wrap a hot towel around your head.
Ferris : Wrap a hot towel around my head?
Tom Bueller : And then make yourself some soup, get a nap.

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March 4, 2009 4:51 pm
mrkowalski

mrkowalski

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from Purple Pineapple Province
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Most common remedy I see in here is: SLEEP.

All too often, people think that a cold is not enough reason to stay in bed.  In reality, you need that sleep, and without it, you will just prolong the illness.
Recently, I caught a cold the same time as a co-worker.  I took time off and slept, he worked.  I was over it several days before he was.

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March 5, 2009 10:20 pm
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