Since I moved to a new place I have gotten about 4 or 5 colds. I usually pride myself on not getting sick and when I catch the rare cold, I boast that I can recover completely in 2 days or less. Once my roommate and I had the same cold and she was sick for 3 weeks and I got better in, yes, two days. My plan:
- Rest immediately, don't work through the illness, it will just prolong it.
- Gargle with hydrogen peroxide at the first tiny tickle in your throat.
- Start taking zinc lozenges right away- 6 a day, suck, don't chew.
- Eat chicken soup with cayenne pepper and raw garlic in it- enough of both that it burns your throat.
- Mix salt with warm water and suck it up through your nose - cleans out germs and mucus.
- Avoid cold medicines that dry you out- your body is trying to wash the virus out.
- Drink lots of liquids, of course,
- take Echinacea and vitamins, and
- eat healthy, and avoid sugar.
- Wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces you touch a lot, like doorknobs. (This is probably more for the people around you.)
Hope on the horizon: Web MD lists lots of ways to prevent the cold and flu, including getting a flu shot, (which I never dreamed I might do before.) Here is the one that prompted me to write today:
#5 Take a Sauna
Researchers aren't clear about the exact role saunas play in prevention, but one 1989 German study found that people who steamed twice a week got half as many colds as those who didn't. One theory: When you take a sauna you inhale air hotter than 80 degrees, a temperature too hot for cold and flu viruses to survive.
Hey, that sounds enjoyable! They also reccomend eating yogurt, which I used to do daily and now never do. Could that be the key variable for me? There have been so many changes in my life it's hard to say what the real factors are in the no-cold, lots-of-colds difference. I'm going to drink some more liquids and take a hot shower. When I get better, (hopefully in time for the concert tonight... I can dream,) I'm going to eat yogurt and sit in the sauna. Meanwhile, I'm geting a shooting pain in my head when I move my eyes too far in any direction. This is beyond the scope of my treatment expertise. Any advice?
Wishing you health...