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post #31 of 50
^ I thought it could do both? And have always read/been told that acetaminophen didn't take as much to reach it's toxic level. (ie a person can take 2000mgs of an NSAID, but that amount would be bad for acetaminophen)

I know I have come across at least one report of just a small dose causing necrosis. (boredom many months ago late at night, I'd likely never come across it again)

Either way it's good to warn people that OTC doesn't mean risk free, no matter how familiar we are with the product we're using.
post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^ I thought it could do both? And have always read/been told that acetaminophen didn't take as much to reach it's toxic level. (ie a person can take 2000mgs of an NSAID, but that amount would be bad for acetaminophen)

I know I have come across at least one report of just a small dose causing necrosis. (boredom many months ago late at night, I'd likely never come across it again)

Either way it's good to warn people that OTC doesn't mean risk free, no matter how familiar we are with the product we're using.
Exactly. It takes a much lower dose of acetaminophen to cause liver failure than it takes for the other NSAIDs to cause renal failure. Renal failure from NSAID use is usually reversable....liver failure from Acetaminophen is often fatal because it is so very hard to neutralize. It takes longer for the toxic effects to show up, and by that time, the damage is done and can't be undone. As a nurse, Acetaminophen really scares me.

As a side note....I'm an Afrin addict...have been, off and on, for nearly 20 years (my bad! Yes, I tried weaning several times with Flonase...didn't work!) With my ARF issues, I certainly wouldn't use it if it had any effects on kidney function.
post #33 of 50
That is weird because I didn't take anything else. I only take Tylenol, etc when I have a headache or something (fever, too)...but I didn't have a fever with what I was going through back then...I was on Afrin, though, for like 2 months NUMEROUS times a day......no wonder since it was back-firing on me.

My PCP told me it had to be the Afrin... huh.

What else could cause that???
post #34 of 50
Thread Starter 
Wow, it's great to hear everything that works for every one else. I like hearing home remedies! I have decided that all those cold/flu OTC rememdies basically do nothing for me. I'll stick to my Extra Strength Tylenol, Puffs Plus with the scent of Vicks, Nyquill at night if I absolutely need it, and the occasional shot of Afrin!

I have drank two cartons of orange juice since Wednesday. Yikes! But I swear it helps. And for some reason, Mom's chicken soup ALWAYS has healing and comforting properties.

I'm feeling much better but have developed a strange cough on the tail end of this thing. I think I'm going to try something weird but people (and even my mom) swear by it: putting Vicks on your feet, putting socks on, and going to bed. I have read numerous reviews on the internet about this! Can't wait to try this ridiculous remedy.....
post #35 of 50
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
1. Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea.

2. Raw garlic in food. 1 or 2 cloves per person.

3. Tomato soup, with lemon pepper.

4. Lots of hot tea.

5. Lemon slices, in a cup of hot water.

6. LOTS of water.

7. Soup of any kind (except cream-based).

8. Drinking a glass of cold water, with 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, preferably cider vinegar, mixed in. Yes, I know it tastes yucky, but I swear I feel better!

9. Sitting in a hot bath, with a few drops of oil of peppermint in the water, and in a steamy bathroom. Great for making you sleepy, too.

10. Swallowing a teaspoon of honey twice a day/or dissolving it in hot water/tea. Helps a sore throat, too. Honey has healing properties, both inside and outside of your body.

11. Orange juice several times a day. I can't do this, due to the sugar, but drinking even a 1/2 glass in the morning seems to help me.

12. Wrap up warm, lay on the sofa, with a blanket and the remote, and watch TV. Warning: watching the History Channel while sick and dozing off, may make you think you've gone delusional--you will notice that Hitler invaded Poland for the THIRD time that day. You are not crazy. They repeat the morning programs over again later in the day. It took a bad case of flu for me to realize this. Oh, and the infomercials, if you are awake at 3 AM. You'll learn how YOU can cure male pattern baldness--even if you're female. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT have access to your credit cards now. You'll find yourself buying junk, just because you're weak, half-asleep, and bored...no, you DON'T need that Ronco Spin-O-Matic ear-wax cleaning gadget. I said, PUT THE CREDIT CARD DOWN NOW!
Thank you for starting my day with a laugh! Great piece of writing!

And I wanted to add... those tissues with lotion in them? They really do make a huge difference when you have a cold or flu. They'll help keep your nose from getting all sore and chapped... and you can also massage in some vitamin E oil or just plain moisturizer or hand lotion a couple of times a day.
post #36 of 50
Decongestants actually make me feel worse. I have found that expectorants like Mucinex work better at helping everything drain.

I once had a cold where I was so stuffed up that I felt like I was suffocating. As mentioned before, the decongestants weren't helping. Finally in desperation, I took a bottle of picked jalapeño peppers out of the refrigerator and starting eating them like potato chips. It cleared me up very quickly.
post #37 of 50
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I was eyeing that bottle of Tobasco hot sauce in the fridge in a moment of stuffy desperation, but I was too chicken! It does work, if you're brave enough!
post #38 of 50
Go to the doctor if you're sick. That's my best recommendation. I spent several weeks trying to "kick" my cold recently with OTC medicines and the only thing that got me was bronchitis and a severe sinus infection I held off on going to the doctor because i am in between insurance coverage and didn't have a lot of money at the time- but you know what- my doctor worked with me on the price and it wound up being MUCH cheaper than i thought it would- AND she gave me free medicine samples and coupons for the prescription she didn't have a sample of!

Within a few days i was already feeling better! It was worth it. If i had only gone weeks earlier i would not have gotten that ill and felt soo crummy for soo long. My best solution - go to a good doctor

(Also the other things that really help in addition to a doctors visit for me are : Vicks vapor rub, Vicks vapor inhaler (you put the little inhaler up to your nose and breath in -it helps unclog your nose so you can breath!!!! , a humidifier, my mom's homemade vegetable soup,sudicare shower soothers (the vanilla and lavender ones!), and Hall's natural cough drops. I also drink plenty of orange juice and try to get a little light exercise/eat well and get plenty of sleep- that helps soo much.) Good luck! Feel better soon
post #39 of 50
My personal cold savior is.........ZICAM.

The trick is to use it at the first hint of a cold coming on. I apply it into my lower nostrils every 4 hrs. and the cold is gone within 3 days.

I goofed up this last time. I waited too long and didn't use the Zicam until the cold was already set in. It took about 7 days to clear up but at least it never got any worse than it already was.
post #40 of 50
Thread Starter 
Yes, I too tried the Zicam too late. But, if you really do start using it at the first twinge of a cold, it does work.
post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Thank you for starting my day with a laugh! Great piece of writing!

And I wanted to add... those tissues with lotion in them? They really do make a huge difference when you have a cold or flu. They'll help keep your nose from getting all sore and chapped... and you can also massage in some vitamin E oil or just plain moisturizer or hand lotion a couple of times a day.
Thanks, Carol! I'm glad I could cheer you up a bit.

I can't use any tissues with the lotion or aloe--they actually make my nose worse. I have very sensitive skin, and I can only use Puffs regular tissues--and, even then, people start singing a certain Christmas carol to me...I sused to put on a facial masque, I think St. Ives, that was GREEN, and had clay and peppermint. It would sting a bit on my nose, but, boy, it took a lot of that red out, and really soothed it. Frankly, though, anything after looking like The Incredible Hulk or Frankenstein, is bound to make one look better!
post #42 of 50
I always take air borne as soon as I feel like I might be getting sick. It really does help alot. Oh and I've also found that if you mix airborne with hawaiian punch it's much easier to drink, it actually tastes quite good.
post #43 of 50
My best remedy is to avoid getting a cold

I'm a fanatical about washing my hands. No! I do not have OCD! I simply make a concious effort to keep my hands away from my face when I'm out and about. And when I'm out I wash my hands or use a hand sanitizer before I eat and after I handle money.

I try to avoid public bathrooms like the plague, but if for some reason I can't, I lock the stall door using my elbows or a paper towel. I flush with my foot, and if they only have hand dryers, I leave the faucets run because I will not touch the facet again after I have washed my hands unless I use a paper towel. And when I exit the bathroom I either use a paper towel when I open the door, or my coat sleeve.

If I have to use a public phone, I hold it away face and use a hand sanitizer after I hang up.

And the first thing I do when I get home is wash my hands after taking off my coat.
post #44 of 50
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Also, I just tried those new tissues with the scent of Vicks... awesome!
Best.invention.ever. I love these.

I also take Tylenol Severe Cold (daytime) liquid medicine and drink orange or apple juice. Sometimes make hot tea and put a cough drop in it and let it dissolve a bit.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Go to the doctor if you're sick. That's my best recommendation. I spent several weeks trying to "kick" my cold
A cold runs its course in a week. If you still have a "cold" after that, it's not a cold that you have.

There are differences between colds and flu.

A cold is centered in the nose. There are over 200 different types of viruses that can cause a cold. Rhinoviruses, which means "nose viruses", are the most common cause. Respiratory syncitial viruses (RSV) and several others can produce colds.

The three most frequent symptoms of a cold are:
1. stuffed up nose
2. runny nose
3. throat irritation (not a red throat)

Adults and older children with colds generally have minimal or no fever. Infants and toddlers often run a fever in the 100 to 102 degree range.

Depending on which virus is the culprit, the virus might also produce a headache, cough, postnasal drip, burning eyes, muscle aches, or a decreased appetite, but in a cold, the most prominent symptoms are in the nose.

Symptoms start within 1 to 5 days. Usually irritation in the nose or a scratchy feeling in the throat is the first sign, followed within hours by sneezing and a watery nasal discharge.

Within one to three days, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green -- this is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics. During this period, children's eardrums are usually congested, and there may be fluid behind the ears. Antibiotics are not needed at this point.

The entire cold is usually over all by itself in about 7 days, with perhaps a few lingering symptoms (cough) for another week. If it lasts longer, it could be a sinus infection or allergies.

While it lasts, the common cold is primarily a head cold. While you may feel tired or have aches, the illness is centered in the nose, and most of the symptoms are above the neck.

With the flu, you are sick all over with a temperature, aches, lack of energy and within a few days start to develope respiratory symptoms such as chest congestion, and dry hacking cough. The virus can settle anywhere in the respiratory tract, producing symptoms of a cold, croup, sore throat, bronchiolitis, ear infection, and/or pneumonia.

You can find out more about "Cold vs. Flu" at this link. It does a great job at explaining the different symptoms that determine whether you have a cold or a flu.

http://www.drgreene.com/21_577.html

Another main difference between cold and flu is that the flu is preventable through annual flu shots.
post #46 of 50
People laugh when I tell them this, but it works for me. As soon as I feel the beginnings of a cold/sore throat I mix honey and vinegar, equal proportions.
I usually mix 1/4 cup of each and put in a plastic butter cup. Take a tablespoon of it all day every time you think about it. Works for me almost every time, always on a sore throat and most of the time with a cold.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
A cold runs its course in a week. If you still have a "cold" after that, it's not a cold that you have.

There are differences between colds and flu.

A cold is centered in the nose. There are over 200 different types of viruses that can cause a cold. Rhinoviruses, which means "nose viruses", are the most common cause. Respiratory syncitial viruses (RSV) and several others can produce colds.

The three most frequent symptoms of a cold are:
1. stuffed up nose
2. runny nose
3. throat irritation (not a red throat)

Adults and older children with colds generally have minimal or no fever. Infants and toddlers often run a fever in the 100 to 102 degree range.

Depending on which virus is the culprit, the virus might also produce a headache, cough, postnasal drip, burning eyes, muscle aches, or a decreased appetite, but in a cold, the most prominent symptoms are in the nose.

Symptoms start within 1 to 5 days. Usually irritation in the nose or a scratchy feeling in the throat is the first sign, followed within hours by sneezing and a watery nasal discharge.

Within one to three days, the nasal secretions usually become thicker and perhaps yellow or green -- this is a normal part of the common cold and not a reason for antibiotics. During this period, children's eardrums are usually congested, and there may be fluid behind the ears. Antibiotics are not needed at this point.

The entire cold is usually over all by itself in about 7 days, with perhaps a few lingering symptoms (cough) for another week. If it lasts longer, it could be a sinus infection or allergies.

While it lasts, the common cold is primarily a head cold. While you may feel tired or have aches, the illness is centered in the nose, and most of the symptoms are above the neck.

With the flu, you are sick all over with a temperature, aches, lack of energy and within a few days start to develope respiratory symptoms such as chest congestion, and dry hacking cough. The virus can settle anywhere in the respiratory tract, producing symptoms of a cold, croup, sore throat, bronchiolitis, ear infection, and/or pneumonia.

You can find out more about "Cold vs. Flu" at this link. It does a great job at explaining the different symptoms that determine whether you have a cold or a flu.

http://www.drgreene.com/21_577.html

Another main difference between cold and flu is that the flu is preventable through annual flu shots.

I didn't have the flu when i was sick. I had got my flu shot several months prior I had a cold that turned into bronchitis and a sinus infection because i went too long without going to see a doctor- it was my own fault- but i was broke at the time.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I didn't have the flu when i was sick. I had got my flu shot several months prior
It's still possible to get the flu even if you get a flu shot. All that's in that shot is the strains they think will be around during this flu season.

I sort of have the same problem you do. Half the colds I get go straight to my chest and an infection sets up there.

Does anyone else have trouble with actually getting anything out of their lungs? I cough and cough but can never get anything loose. I decided to try some Mucinex last night and it has helped some.
post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
It's still possible to get the flu even if you get a flu shot. All that's in that shot is the strains they think will be around during this flu season.

I sort of have the same problem you do. Half the colds I get go straight to my chest and an infection sets up there.

Does anyone else have trouble with actually getting anything out of their lungs? I cough and cough but can never get anything loose. I decided to try some Mucinex last night and it has helped some.
I should clarify a bit- i was told by the doctor my symptoms were not from the flu. She said it was definitely a result of the inital cold that got out of hands and resulted in getting into my lungs/etc...i have asthma too so things quickly go from bad to worse for me sometimes. (i know it is possible to still get some strains of the flu even with the shot.

My doctor gave me an antibiotic (levoquin) and a cough syrup with a decongestant in it to help with getting the junk out of my lungs - i was also using my asthma inhaler and breathing treatments daily too so that helped a lot! She said mucinex works well too as far as otc stuff goes- that might help you. I also bought a cold mist humidifier- and that REALLY helped- you should try that!


If you're really stuff you might want to try one of those Vicks vapor inhalers- they're AMAZING!!!! (Walgreens has their own version of them that's a little less expensive and works the same!) http://www.vicks.com/vapor-inhaler-info.php
post #50 of 50
For a very bag cough, Delsym. For the general icks, Dayquil and Nyquil.
For homemade remedy - homemade chicken soup - boil chicken thighs or legs until the meat falls off the bones, add lots of onion and garlic, season with tabasco and have the box of tissues handy!!
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