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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Is it "feed a fever, starve a cold," or is it "starve a fever, feed a cold" ? I always get them confused. Either way, hoever, there's no appetite...

Does anyone know what to do for a fever and the 'flu? It seems I've got the flu....aches, pains, fevers and chills, cough and congestion in my head. Blech.

I've got to get into the office for a few hours, but then it's home and bed/sofa for me for the next few days. Does anyone have a clue what I should do? I don't get ill often, but man, this has got me whupped. And I mean whupped.

Thanks in advance.

Best-
Michele
post #2 of 25
It's "starve a fever; feed a cold". And yuck, I feel for you. I have a cold currently, and it's a big pain in the butt.
post #3 of 25
Also, plenty of rest and plenty of fluids to stave off dehydration.
post #4 of 25
Starve a fever, feed a cold You are best off eating light foods. Whole grains, veggies, soups. I take GSE (grapefruit seed extract) in juice every morning 3 drops and in 4 years I have only had one cold and no flu. I also have elderberry syrup on hand if I feel sick with flu-like symptoms i take a tablespoon of that. You want to eat vitamin c and rest-
post #5 of 25
Really? I guess that makes sense... if you have a cold you'd want more nutrients. I remember it more as FREEZE a fever... our mom used to take away our blankets when we had one, brrr.

I hope you feel better... I recently got over a cold and though it was no flu, I felt horrible too.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
it's a big pain in the butt
That's one part of me that isn't currently hurting, thank God.

O.K., so I'm starving myself. Like I said, no appetite, so no problem.

Best-
Michele
post #7 of 25
Michelle, the best thing is plenty of fluids (clear fluids) and rest. Cold remedies just ease the symptoms but don't cure. You just have to rest and let it run it's course. Chicken soup is really good for colds too. There is definitely something in it that helps you get over the cold faster.

Oh, and most important - you need to let your kitties heap lots of love on you!
post #8 of 25
Stay away from dairy products like cheese because they clog you up more.
post #9 of 25
No advice, just wanted to say I'm sorry you have to start out 2005 being sick! that sucks!!!!! Feel better soon!!!!
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by noni
That's one part of me that isn't currently hurting, thank God.

O.K., so I'm starving myself. Like I said, no appetite, so no problem.

Best-
Michele
Don't starve yourself! The idea is just to keep yourself well-hydrated and not to eat anything that a. upsets your stomach or b. absorbs too much water (and takes away from a high hydration level).

I usually eat a lot of soup and crackers when I'm sick. I also drink water, herbal teas, and ginger ale.

The most important component in getting better, though, is REST!!! That's why you need to get your non-hurting butt into bed and snuggle with your kitties!
post #11 of 25
And don't take hot baths, take showers, baths tend to weaken the immune system temporarily
post #12 of 25
Yep - starve a fever, feed a cold. You've had some good advice here. Mine would be to get a hot bath (which will ease any aches you do have and help you sweat out some of the yuck, decongest any blocked pipes - you tend to start to feel a bit more human when you're clean too), get a hot drink - herbal teas (lemon and ginger is a wonderful soother ) and get wrapped up in bed with a hot water bottle. You'll know you'll have hot flushes and chills and shivers and stuff... it's just important to keep warm, keep well hydrated and make sure you don't upset your stomach. I know it might be tempting, but avoid milk. If that upsets your stomach, it ain't nice. Orange juice is great because it gives you that vital vitamin C to fight off any nasty little bugs and stuff. But you'll know that already

The best bit of advice I could possibly give you now, is get well soon
post #13 of 25
Sorry you feel so icky! Keep you electrolites up by drinking things like Gatoraid. Even if you can't eat, that will help replenish what your system is losing.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by hissy
And don't take hot baths, take showers, baths tend to weaken the immune system temporarily
You know, I really hate to think where you got that idea from that's the very first piece of advice a doctor over here will give you. Take a hot bath. It doesn't do anything to the immune system - well, unless you're planning on drowning in it. see above post
post #15 of 25
Aw Michele - Hope you feel better soon!
post #16 of 25
I don't have anything to add to all the good advice you've already gotten here, but I just wanted to say I hope you feel better soon!
post #17 of 25
Aww Michele - hope you feel better soon. Another good one is hot water with honey and lemon dissolved in it. It tastes nice ; the sugar in the honey gives you energy and soothes a sore throat (although is not medicinal at all) and the lemon gives you vitamin C - helps you body fight off infection. Plus the hot drink helps to act as a decongestant. All of its affects are only mild but it's a nice soother.
post #18 of 25
I am not hungry with either a cold or a fever. I don't eat.
I suggest that you get a lot of sleep. I hope you feel better soon.
My advice is to get in bed with your kitties. Let them purr you to sleep.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi.

I made it through the stuff I absolutely had to do at the office, and just made it home. I stopped in at the pharmacy and got some Nyquil caplets, because I just can't seem to sleep. So here I am, reading the thread, and trying to get the stupid Nyquil anti-child-overdose thing off, and I just couldn't. Simon helped. He took off with the box. Sigh. So I finally got two gelcaps into me just now.

Tissues, lots of juice, and into bed with me. Man, I can't even think straight. I hate fever!

Thanks for the love, you guys. 'Tis appreciated.

Best-
Michele
post #20 of 25
I can never remember how it goes, either.

How about, "If you're hungry, eat"? (and if you're not, don't)
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Aww Michele - hope you feel better soon. Another good one is hot water with honey and lemon dissolved in it. It tastes nice ; the sugar in the honey gives you energy and soothes a sore throat (although is not medicinal at all) and the lemon gives you vitamin C - helps you body fight off infection. Plus the hot drink helps to act as a decongestant. All of its affects are only mild but it's a nice soother.
I can't stand honey in "cold meds", but I love honey! it just tastes too sickly sweet for me.
post #22 of 25
hmmm,
when i havent had breakfast its a big no no for me to get into the bath because i will be weak for the rest of the day! but im actually a weak person physically :cries:

Stay in bed for most of the day but i find it if i walk back and forth to the kitchen every so often i dont feel so sick as i would when staying in bed the whole day.
Drink lots of water and juice.
and eat rice with "brodo" now let me find what that is in english i think a cube stock that you put in water and its like soupy?

Dont add salt to your food all it does it make you really dehydrated.
and dont eat much carbohydrates.
If you can, drink carrot juice. I dont know why but it is really refreshing.
Other than that drink warm tea, dont drink it with milk though because that will upset your tummy
hope you recover soon
post #23 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by noni
Is it "feed a fever, starve a cold," or is it "starve a fever, feed a cold" ? I always get them confused. Either way, hoever, there's no appetite...

Does anyone know what to do for a fever and the 'flu? It seems I've got the flu....aches, pains, fevers and chills, cough and congestion in my head. Blech.

I've got to get into the office for a few hours, but then it's home and bed/sofa for me for the next few days. Does anyone have a clue what I should do? I don't get ill often, but man, this has got me whupped. And I mean whupped.

Thanks in advance.

Best-
Michele
My husband says u can sweet out a cold I dont think thats true if i could just get some input because I know the antibodies kill the germs in youre body and if u stayed wrapped up to long then u over heat and get a fever which u really dont want so can someone help me out here

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post #24 of 25
You can't sweat out a cold, you can, however, sweat out a fever causing it to break.
post #25 of 25
Funny you posted this. I'm sitting here drinking some Airborne because I think I'm starting to get sick and I'm supposed to be traveling for work next week! Feel better soon!
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