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    Get a NETTIE pot to clean the sinus out. You can fine them at drug store or Wal-mart in the nose spray section. Nettie pots look similar to a magie gennie pot. Several of my friends use their's daily and swear by how good. My doctor said take Vit.C 2000 milagrams for 3 days(only 3 days).This give the body a extra boost,when you feel a cold coming on.

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    I live in NY but I had a cold where I had sneezing for three weeks and went through boxes of tissue, I felt awful afternoons and nights. I was good a few hours in the morning. My ears and glans hurt. The skin peeled off my very red nose and my vision was blurry from watery eyes. When this was done I had to cough a bit and clear my throat. This was the worse virus in a long time. My son caught it and my grandson...there's only lasted 10 days. Nothing much helped. I took benedryl and nose spray and tylenol. remember keep washing those hands I already take multi vitamins and calcium with extra c and d

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    The anitibiotics were for my chest infection. I have a tendency to get pneumonia (4 tiimes in last 5 years) so the anitbiotics were for something else.

    This was just a little present on the side.

    And no you aren't preaching. Antibiotics are abused. I only take them once a year, maybe twice at the most. I worked with a woman whose husband had MRSA and it was just awful. She finally had to quit because he didn't take care of himself and she had to be home with him so much. I think he finally has it managed but will never be the same.

    I am going to fill up on C and Zinc. and get as much rest as I can.
    Thanks to everyone for the help and kind words!
    See if your doc will give you that shot for pneumonia. My parents have gotten & it has sure helped. I know this is gross but my sister sweares by flushing your sinus with saline water. You can buy a kit at drug store to do it. May help with the breathing. OK, what does the Oil Of Oregano do open up your head? I will remember this. God forbid you don't want MRSA. It is awful. DH & DS have both had it. Dh had to have surgery twice & so has DS.

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    put a thick layer of vick on the soles of both feet, put on socks at betime. This is also supposed to be good for calming a cough in both adults and children. I also use a neti pot to irrigate my sinus cavities. Can get pot at Walmart, also this solution can be bought in sqeeze bottle. Hope this helps. Bernadine

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    Am into the 3rd week of a cold and sinus infection. Other than the cold remedies and antibiotics for the sinus infection one thing that helped a great deal was using Sinus Rinse twice a day. It washes out the sinus's and helps lessen the inflamation. You can find it at any drug store I believe.

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    Try Echinacae. It boosts your immune system and it is over the counter from Walmart or the grocery store.

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    I have chronic bronchitis, COPD, and all those awful things that happen to people who smoke.
    Last December, I was going down for the count again, and I went and bought ZICAM ...
    The swabs are good for opening your sinuses, and they have quick melt tablets that so helped that night time coughing that is irritating and costs us sleep.
    ZICAM also has cough drops that I haven't tried, since I can't stand cherry, but maybe next time ...
    It is now February, and I should be going down again, and I still might, but I am loaded up with ZICAM ... someone told me that it is zinc and calcium ... ZINC is absolutely a cold buster.

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    no cold for 2 years. took the seasonal flu shot in October and have had very bads colds in December, January and now February. No flu shot next year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I have chronic bronchitis, COPD, and all those awful things that happen to people who smoke.
    Last December, I was going down for the count again, and I went and bought ZICAM ...
    The swabs are good for opening your sinuses, and they have quick melt tablets that so helped that night time coughing that is irritating and costs us sleep.
    ZICAM also has cough drops that I haven't tried, since I can't stand cherry, but maybe next time ...
    It is now February, and I should be going down again, and I still might, but I am loaded up with ZICAM ... someone told me that it is zinc and calcium ... ZINC is absolutely a cold buster.
    Please be careful with Zicam. There is a lawsuit out because of it. My sister lost her sense of smell from using it & taste for some things because of Ziacam. Doctor told her that is what caused it. Just a word of warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Mc
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I have chronic bronchitis, COPD, and all those awful things that happen to people who smoke.
    Last December, I was going down for the count again, and I went and bought ZICAM ...
    The swabs are good for opening your sinuses, and they have quick melt tablets that so helped that night time coughing that is irritating and costs us sleep.
    ZICAM also has cough drops that I haven't tried, since I can't stand cherry, but maybe next time ...
    It is now February, and I should be going down again, and I still might, but I am loaded up with ZICAM ... someone told me that it is zinc and calcium ... ZINC is absolutely a cold buster.
    Please be careful with Zicam. There is a lawsuit out because of it. My sister lost her sense of smell from using it & taste for some things because of Ziacam. Doctor told her that is what caused it. Just a word of warning.
    If you go to Snopes.com, you will see that the lawsuit is a small part of the ZICAM story. As I noted, there are more than just nasal swabs as forms of getting the minerals and vitamins into your system. I happen to be one that can use the swabs, and since recommending this to many people, none of them have had a bad reaction. As far as losing sense of smell and taste because of ZICAM, the article at Snopes.com points out that many people lose those senses as a side effect of having a cold.
    At one point, ZICAM pulled their swabs, but they are now back on the market, so the "lawsuit" has no merit, or the company was able to disprove the point.

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    I have had a cold for the past couple of days I find that Suphedrine PE (sinus & allergy) has been a great help.

    Hope you feel better soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC
    I have had a cold for the past couple of days I find that Suphedrine PE (sinus & allergy) has been a great help.

    Hope you feel better soon
    speaking of which! SInce I developed asthma about fifteen years ago, and an allergy to PINE pollen (pretty sad for a girl born and raised in the Pacific Northwest) ... I wonder how many "colds" are really allergies? ... I thought at the time that you had to be born with asthma to have the problem, but apparently not! And, I shouldn't have been surprised that I would develop allergies later in life, when I had a brother born with allergies and my mother had suffered from allergies off and on all her life ... did I miss my point?
    That sometimes, our "colds" are not colds, but allergies, and when we don't move to stop the histamines from building up, then we get infections ... (not a DR, but I play one from time to time ... but, just sort of thinking ... food for thought)

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    I have had a cold for the last two weeks and it's finally going away.

    The Neti pots, squeeze bottle and saline solution are all part of the same thing. This process works wonders! You fill up the Neti pot or the squeeze bottle with warm water, put in the granulated saline and pour/squeeze into one nostril letting it fall out the other. It is amazing how much "stuff" you get out by doing this process. My doctor says you can use it as many times as you want to.

    Seems this is the winter for colds! Hope everyone is feeling better soon. :D

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    You poor little thing, so sorry you are feeling bad. I know lots of people feeling the same way. My dad being one of them. It must be a bad cold virus this year. My sister swears by rubbing Vick's Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet. It is supposed to really help your symptoms. Wear socks though!!! If you try it let us know if it helps you and I sure hope it does. Don't forget the chicken soup and lots of rest. Lots of hugs from Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsj
    You poor little thing, so sorry you are feeling bad. I know lots of people feeling the same way. My dad being one of them. It must be a bad cold virus this year. My sister swears by rubbing Vick's Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet. It is supposed to really help your symptoms. Wear socks though!!! If you try it let us know if it helps you and I sure hope it does. Don't forget the chicken soup and lots of rest. Lots of hugs from Tennessee.
    A few years ago, they said that the reason the chicken soup helps so much is because of the garlic in it. Not only that, but the soup, with its salt and broth are great system builders, while being mild on the digestive process. I didn't read the recipe back at the first of this thread, but if it has ginger, a bit of horseradish, and I saw some Indian food ingredients ... all perfectly natural things that will help your immune system, no doubt! And, did anyone mention that honey is an antiseptic for your throat, which is why a couple spoonfuls of honey, followed by lemon juice does such wonders for helping someone with a sore throat. I think the lemon cuts the phlegm that so often comes with colds.
    I think it is just wonderful the way everyone has come forward with all these natural, simple aids to help you heal up from your cold.
    Another thing my hubby taught me when we were first married is: Get a bottle of Eucalyptus (sp?) oil. Put a few drops on a handkerchief, and hold it over your nose, it helps promote drainage and clears airwaves - - interestingly enough -- the oil is a primary ingredient in Vicks. *** edit: it doesn't clear the airwaves (not even Vicks will tame Howard Stern!) but it will clear your AIR PASSAGES.
    Mother also used melted Vicks on a cotton swab for the earaches we developed during the mumps. INSTANT relief!
    I have decided that the reason you want to stay really covered up when you are using Vicks is because it opens up all your pores, which is good for allowing the bad stuff out of our systems, but not so good for allowing our systems to be susceptible to cold weather.
    Didn't the Indians use a sweat bath to get rid of toxins in their systems when they were sick? I think the Vicks is a different method of the same issue ...
    And, lots of fluids ... clear (if nothing else you can DROWN the bad germs! LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisanne
    Cold-Eze, those suckable tablets containing zinc, are supposed to work, but relief isn't instant.

    To get the mucus flowing out, here's an Indian soup recipe. It's very tasty, and it sure does make the mucus flow! Of course, if your nose is very sensitive right now, you may not want to do this.

    2 rounded Tbsp. grated fresh ginger root, with any juice that comes out with the grating
    4 cups water or chicken broth
    3/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
    1 Tbsp. cumin seeds, toasted in a dry skillet & ground (right. I just used a small amount of ground cumin)
    1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    juice of 1 fresh lemon
    cilantro leaves for garnish (or flavoring)

    1. Bring the ginger and broth or water to a boil.
    2. Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. The liquid will reduce to half.
    3. Add the salt, cumin, pepper; simmer for 2 more minutes.
    4. Squeeze in the lemon juice and garnish with the cilantro.

    Serves 4-6.

    I also find that drinking 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 1 cup warm-hot water a few times a day will get rid of a cold fast, like within 1 - 2 days. Yes, it's nasty, but it works.
    Is that East Indian or Native American Indian? And is it spicy?

    And heres something that you can drink each day... Half cider vinager to half honey (how much depends on you) my great grandfather drinks that each day. He's in his 90's! My aunt says that it tastes like apple cider (truth in that is beyond me I've never tried it)

    Also, home made chicken soup is a great cure...

    Also Ginger Juice works too... I've tried that... It's horrible to drink but it works... it stings a bit too!! lol

    Also, Chammomile tea or Sleepytime tea (both by Celestial Seasonings)

    With both teas you add honey to taste, milk (just enough to make an amber color) and if desired alcohol (for sleep but just a thimble full)

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    I am thinking that the recipe you copied is an Eastern Indian recipe ... and, yes, it is spicy, if I understand what cilantro is
    one of the things about keeping a sick body hydrated is putting in substances that cannot be evaporated easily from our pores, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I am thinking that the recipe you copied is an Eastern Indian recipe ... and, yes, it is spicy, if I understand what cilantro is
    one of the things about keeping a sick body hydrated is putting in substances that cannot be evaporated easily from our pores, I think.
    Cilantro can be spicy if its a certain breed of cilantro... like mexican cilantro... *shudders* I was thinking spicy due to the cumin :) I need to try that soup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alu_Rathbone
    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    I am thinking that the recipe you copied is an Eastern Indian recipe ... and, yes, it is spicy, if I understand what cilantro is
    one of the things about keeping a sick body hydrated is putting in substances that cannot be evaporated easily from our pores, I think.
    Cilantro can be spicy if its a certain breed of cilantro... like mexican cilantro... *shudders* I was thinking spicy due to the cumin :) I need to try that soup!
    Cilantro is a little more bitey than parsley, the spicy will come from the ginger & cumin. Think ginger snaps they sometimes have a bite depending on how they are made. You could eat some hot peppers like jalapeno or serrano. Now that will open up your head.

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    Hello All! Well starting to get better! I am so glad I asked. Sounds like a lot of great suggestions and I wasn't the only one!

    I did zinc, vitamin c, and thera flu severe cold.

    Sorry to the nettie pot people (my bff is one too) but I just can't do it! LOL

    Thanks again!
    What a great place

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    LOL ... hot peppers WILL open your head, I would bet! LOL

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    I have been sick on and off since Nov 3. I hav been to the Dr.7 times. I got H1N1 in November and just can't seem to get well. I missed a week of work in November and I have been home again since last week Wednesday. The H1N1 ticked in my asthma big time. I can not take a deep breath. I have been on so many different meds I can't remember them all. The only positive thing is that my nose is not plugged. I really like the bath idea, I am going to make husband go out and get me some epsom salts tonight. I had heard of the vinegar. I just want to feel well. I am sorry for knlsmith I feel her misery. BLAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    The Neti pots come highly recommended. I use the Sinus Rinse by Neil Med which was recommended by my pulmonary specialist. It is very easy to use and the doctor said because you squeeze the bottle it cleans out the sinus's more thoroughly than the pot. Haven't used the neti pot so can't compare myself. Just passing on what my specialist says.

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    I use the Neti pot and a syringe almost everyday. My sinuses are not very healthy. I thought I was doing ok with them but no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    Hello All! Well starting to get better! I am so glad I asked. Sounds like a lot of great suggestions and I wasn't the only one!

    I did zinc, vitamin c, and thera flu severe cold.

    Sorry to the nettie pot people (my bff is one too) but I just can't do it! LOL

    Thanks again!
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    I know everybody says that saline thing works but would I feel like I was snorting a swiming pool. You know how bad it hurts to get water up your nose. It always gave me a headache.

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