I Hate a Cold

@FourWalls (15302)
United States
March 1, 2016 9:03pm CST
I have a cold. I hate having a cold. That is all. Actually, it isn't. Regardless of our ethnicities, nationalities, religious, or political backgrounds, I think the one truly universal thing in this world is that nobody likes having a "cold." The old dreaded "upper respiratory infection," complete with a nose that drips more than some waterfalls I've seen and sneezing like I work in a pepper mill. I also had the, ahem, "joy" of augmenting my cold with strep. I checked my throat this evening and it no longer looks like a teenager's zit-covered face but there are still a couple of white splotches back there. Thankfully, the antibiotics kicked right in and my throat feels much better now than it did just 12 hours ago (when it felt as if I had been eating sandpaper). If you ask ten different people what to do for a cold you'll get a dozen different answers. My 8th grade science teacher, in explaining the difference between bacterial infections that can be treated with antibiotics and viruses that cannot, put it this way: "If you go to the doctor for a cold, it'll last ten days. If you stay at home and treat it yourself, it'll last a week and a half." My personal take on treating a head cold includes: ZICAM: zinc. I swear by this stuff. I haven't had a really bad cold since I discovered this stuff. It's expensive (I use the generic, store brand version for about $4 less), but it's one thing that, for me, works and works very well. CHICKEN SOUP: "Jewish penicillin," as it's commonly called, has been researched extensively. Scientists cannot figure out just what it is that causes chicken soup to make people feel better, but they do agree that it does help make a person feel better. It doesn't "cure" the cold, but the approach has always been with an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus that you don't treat the cold, you treat the symptoms. And, for whatever reason, chicken soup helps the symptoms. HOT TEA: I love flavored teas, and when it comes to colds I reach for the mint teas. Much like the chicken soup, the warm liquid soothes the throat and helps ease congestion in the nasal passages. REST, REST, REST!: in certain parts of the country we have a tendency to say "I'm fighting a cold" or "I'm battling a cold." I think that's a very good analogy. Having a cold is tough on the body. Rest helps the body rejuvenate. It also has another good side effect: when you're asleep, you don't feel bad! When I came home from my occupational therapy appointment this afternoon I hit the sack, and I slept for about 2 1/2 hours. I felt much better when I woke up than I did when I went to sleep. Head colds are an inevitable part of life. Here's hoping you have discovered the "perfect mixture" of things that help you get through your cold quickly and with minimal discomfort!
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@teamfreak16 (41526)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Mar 16
Zinc is my go-to remedy. I swear by that stuff. I also load up on it after I get a tattoo. It seems to heal faster. Hope it goes away quickly.
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@FourWalls (15302)
• United States
2 Mar 16
It's amazing how well zinc works in reducing the severity and length of a cold. It's probably like chicken soup: they can't really tell how it works, just that it DOES work!
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@teamfreak16 (41526)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Mar 16
@FourWalls - I have no idea if this is true or not, but I heard the doctor that discovered it got into trouble because he bought a bunch of stock before releasing his findings.
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@norcal (3213)
• Nevada City, California
3 Mar 16
I have had a cold for the past month. I used to bounce back from them quickly, but since I got asthma two years ago, they are very challenging. I finally went to the doctor today, I don't want to end up with pneumonia.
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@FourWalls (15302)
• United States
3 Mar 16
I have asthma as well, and my big battle is always to keep the cold in my head and out of my chest. So far so good with this one!
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• Calgary, Alberta
2 Mar 16
I didnt know Zinc can cure a cold. I do take vitamin C for prevention but I felt like it is not enough. I am an easy target for colds because I can't sleep with clothes on , even during cold seasons. i felt itchy whenever I try to sleep with clothing but I fight it by using thick blankets. It is hard to rest when there is something clogging your nose. To make it worst for me I sleep sidewards. I think sleeping on our back is more ideal for having nose that is not cloggy whenever we have cold.
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• Philippines
3 Mar 16
@captalbertwhisker try a higher pillow and wear a knitted cap or cover your head to keep it warm while sleeping.
@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
2 Mar 16
What is really not fair about life is how men are affected more severely by illness than women. For instance, a cold: Women may get one, and they feel like crap, but they can still function. Men, however, can hardly get out of bed, and need their wife/girlfriend/significant other/someone to take care of them until they recover...
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@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Mar 16
I think resting and giving your body time and space to fight a cold works almost as well as anything else.
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@celticeagle (119880)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Mar 16
I dislike colds also. It seems I get one about the time of year when people are baking goodies and I can't taste anything.
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@sharon6345 (138882)
• United States
2 Mar 16
I thought I came down with a cold this morning since my nose ran from last night.
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