Catching a NASTY cold!

  1. I have got one REALLY, REALLY NASTY cold coming on AND I am trying to get some studying done.

    I am a sight to see right now...red, puffy eyes; red, puffy, snotty nose (not to mention the kleenex that remains hanging out the nostril...LOL) and the constant sneezing.

    Does anyone have any good home remedies?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nessa1982
    Zinc, I dont dont if its the placebo effect or not but it seems to work for me and as much sleep as you can get. Liquids too HTH Hope you feel better soon!
  4. by   renerian
    Alka selzer plus cold medicine for during the day and the night time brand for at night. Takes all that away but check with your dr to be sure he or she says it is okay LOL. Gotta CYA you know.


    renerian:chuckle
  5. by   NurseDixie
    Equal amounts of lemon juice and honey, add cayenne pepper to taste, the hotter the better. Works for me.
  6. by   BadBird
    Zinc lozengers, pineapple/orange juice, chickensoup. Do it now and it will help. Have lots of puffs on hand too, the other tissues are too rough on our delicate little snoozes. A hot shower or soak in the tub also helps with sore backs. Hope you feel better soon.
  7. by   PennyLane
    This almost always works if your cold hasn't hit you full force yet:

    Echinacea--take one several times a day
    Vitamin C--1,000 mg 2-3x day. Yes, that would be 2-3,000 mg/day.

    I haven't had a cold all winter (knock on wood), and I'm extremely prone to them. In fact, I'm fighting off a sore throat this way right now.

    Feel better.
  8. by   nessa1982
    Dont take citrus juice w/ the zinc (wait 3 hours) becuase I think it nulls the zinc's affects (effects??)
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    chelle, i hope you feel better.
  10. by   NurseChelleBell
    Thanks all for your responses...I took a hot bath and my hubby fixed me a nice cup of Henn and Coke

    ...I am feeling pretty good right now.
  11. by   cakarol
    Echinacea *IS* great...it is VERY important though to drink a lot of water with it as it can dehydrate you....and lots of water is good for you anyway!

    hope you feel better....!!!
    Claire
  12. by   TheBrainMusher
    Originally posted by Nessa1982
    Dont take citrus juice w/ the zinc (wait 3 hours) becuase I think it nulls the zinc's affects (effects??)

    THat is right! Counteracts, also make sure that that the drop dissolves completely in your mouth (goes in the bloodstream there, I think? Anyone know if that is true. Its what I heard ...)

    I know zinc works everytime for me. I gave it to my boyfriend who had a horrid cold, two days later, it cleared up. Also suggested to a co-worker, and he fended off the cold!

    Zinc drops every four hours, alkaselter seems to help some people, then something at bedtime to sleep. Plenty of tissues too!
  13. by   plumrn
    NyQuil always helps me sleep when I have a cold.
    Nessa, I never get these right! (effects/affects)
  14. by   Nurse Izzy
    As much Vitamin C as possible - since it's water soluble you can't OD and it's only for a couple of days so you don't have to worry about masking any other potential problem. Good sources of Vit. C are Kiwi, Broccoli, Tomatoes and Oranges (of course!) If you have a sore throat make yourself a smoothie:
    1 1/2 C frozen pineapple chunks
    1/2 C frozen raspberries
    1 C pineapple sherbet
    1/2 c raspberry juice or low fat milk
    1 peeled kiwi
    1 C ice

    This will load you up on the Vit C and there's something with the pineapple and kiwi that help soothe a sore throat.

    Good luck!

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