How do you normally combat a cold (OTC meds, home remedies, etc.)?

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  1. HawaiiHeart profile image65
    HawaiiHeartposted 10 years ago

    How do you normally combat a cold (OTC meds, home remedies, etc.)?

  2. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 10 years ago

    Natural or home remedies only unless all attemps have failed. I do not like medication and feel it  causes more problems than it fixes. Honey, Ginger, Cayenne pepper, and maybe some apple cider vinegar is all I usually need.

  3. Daughter Of Maat profile image94
    Daughter Of Maatposted 10 years ago

    Massive dosages of vitamin C. When we're sick, or stressed (and who isn't these days) we secrete adrenaline, and the more adrenaline we secrete, the more vitamin C we consume. The RDA for vitamin c is 60mg. Unfortunately, this is barely enough to prevent scurvy in many people.

    Most people can take up to 15grams (15,000mg) of vitamin C without reaching "bowel tolerance," or the point where saturation of vitamin C is reached and the result is diarrhea. When someone is sick, the requirement of vitamin C goes up to about 30 grams to 60 grams per day (30,000mg to 60,000mg).

    I take 8 grams per day and have yet to reach bowel tolerance. These dosage levels typically prevent colds and flus in most people. Vitamin C is an anti-viral, anti-histamine, anti-depressant and bacteriocidal among other things. There is a phenomenal book on the subject by Steve Hickey, PhD and Andrew Saul, PhD (a brilliant man) called Vitamin C: The Real Story. It's a fascinating read.

  4. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    It's been years since I had a cold, but I usually just suffer through it and take ibuprofen if I am achy--but usually I don't take anything at all.

  5. teaches12345 profile image81
    teaches12345posted 10 years ago

    I drink green tea, juice squeezed from a lemon mixed with honey, drink lots of water, rest, and eat chicken soup.  I also take natural supplements like Vitamin C to boost the immune system.

  6. edhan profile image36
    edhanposted 10 years ago

    I always believe in prevention instead of remedy. For cold, I take enough supplement of vitamin C. In fact, my whole family is taking it as supplement and it really helps to prevent having cold.

  7. Haballa profile image61
    Haballaposted 10 years ago

    I believe there is no formidable cure for flu. Once I catch the virus, I leave my body to fight it off. To fast track the healing process, I use lemon and a bit of paper. I cut the lemon into four quarters and sprinkle pepper on it. We refer to this kind of pepper as "Achari" in Swahili. It comprises of  curry, salt and hot pepper. Finally, I chew the lemon whole, drink lots of water and most of all rest.

  8. donabhatt profile image59
    donabhattposted 10 years ago

    I generally rely on natural home made therapies and they work wonder for me. YOu can check them in my hub … xes-part-1 .

  9. Super Lux profile image61
    Super Luxposted 10 years ago

    water therapy. i also inhale the vapor/steam of hot water with a few drops of  mint/menthol oil in's relieving especially if you've got clogged nose

  10. m0rd0r profile image61
    m0rd0rposted 10 years ago

    Hot herbal tea, preferably chamomile with 2-3 slices of ginger root.

    If I have a bad cough, I also drink one big cognac or brandy with the tea.

    2-3 Freshly squeezed lemons with hot water if I am at work.

    Vitamin C works miracles.

  11. Briar-Rose profile image59
    Briar-Roseposted 10 years ago

    I usually try to stay as natural as possible, taking echinacea and drinking herbal teas with honey and lemon. If things get really rough I like to boil the kettle and poor it into a bowl that I have rubbed vicks at the bottom of. Put a towel over your head and inhale the steam.

  12. artist101 profile image44
    artist101posted 10 years ago

    At the first sign of a cold, or flu, I suck on a zinc lozenge. Zinc kills viruses in the throat, where they start. Olive leaf, and oil of oregano, both kill viruses, as well as bacteria. Liquid form is best, under the tongue is the direct route into the blood stream, (for adults). A good multivitamin, with zinc, and vitamin C, no iron. Iron feeds an infection, of any origin, unless you are anemic. Chicken soup, also kills viruses. Your grandma was right. Orange juice, unless you have nausea. To provide extra vitamin C. If there is a lot of congestion, that seems to have settled in the lungs, a vaporizer, to loosen the mucus. see my hub … or-allergy


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