Cold facts and fiction
by SEE (2012-12-26 11:35:43)
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After an exhaustive hour googling my phone here's what I have on colds.

- A wet head doesn't increase your chance of getting a cold. A cold is a virus.
- Dried out nasal passages do increase your chance for a cold. Get a humidifier or use a nasal rinse.
- Anti-bacterials do not prevent colds, washing your hands does.
- Chicken soup works.
- Sunshine works too (Vitamin D)
- Up your mood. Stress affects your immune system.
- Immune boosters don't help in fighting off a cold, they can actually make the symptoms worse. They can help ward off colds, but by the time you have one the horse has left the barn.
- Unlike flu, cold viruses are not spread in the air.

Now to the big question: Why do colds viruses happen more in winter?

No one's proven why, but a couple of factors

There are more active viruses, viruses seem to like winter temperatures and dry air, less sunshine lowers Vitamin D and your immune system, less sunshine can also decrease moods hurting the immune system, not inly are viruses more active at winter temps, but we're huddled inside, so we're more likely to come into contact with them and our cold blocking membranes are dry so we're more likely to get colds when we touch a virus that's more active and in more places.

The moral: go out with a wet head, just not a dry nose.



Mostly true.
by NDMD  (2012-12-26 20:41:16)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I do not rec humidifiers unless you clean them well every couple days. Mold and mildew will,overrun them. Rinses and saline sprays are great. I like NeilMed Sinus Rinse. Dry mucosa means cracks which means increased risk of infection.

Don't forget vit C.


Thanks, Doc
by SEE  (2012-12-27 02:54:35)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

was hoping a read doctor would take the "googling my phone" bait. I didn't know that about Humidifiers. I was trying to dry out my sinuses, which seems to be the wrong tact.

The nasal rinse was a lifesaver, I used to be sick all winter.


Quickest way to get rid of them?
by snarlcakes  (2012-12-26 13:13:39)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I'm on day 2 of ibprofin and water. Still losing the war.


Sinus Rinse Works well for me!
by Indyirish  (2012-12-27 08:35:19)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Also - my experience has been good with Mucinex. Seems to keep things moving.


Drinking lots of water Curiously, mucous is supposed to be
by SEE  (2012-12-26 15:20:07)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

good for you as it keeps you lubed.

I'm using a nasal rinse (which is my savior).


Screwdrivers by the gallon
by Killian  (2012-12-26 13:41:07)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

and I prefer the cheapest vodka available.


Indeed. The "Two Hat" method
by mkovac  (2012-12-26 22:57:45)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

1. Put a hat on your bedpost.

2. Pour yourself a double Scotch and get in bed, putting the bottle of Scotch on the bedstand.

3. Keep drinking until you see two hats.

Somewhere along the way, you will stop suffering.


My wife and I swear by Zicam at the first sign...
by Barney68  (2012-12-26 13:10:44)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

of a cold. Seems to short circuit them so they don't develop.


Oral Zicam, not so much.
by NDMD  (2012-12-26 20:42:24)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Zicam spray is off market due to amosmia side effects.


Agree. Although the drawback is that I think those nasal
by Rocket7  (2012-12-26 13:21:14)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

swipes they used to sell damaged my sense of smell. They would get rid of anything I had, but there are certain things I can't smell any longer.


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