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February 26, 2014 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #612224
Does anyone have any tried and true, foolproof, works every time home remedy for a long lasting cold? I’ve had a cold that’s almost 4 weeks in the making and it’s beginning to drive me a bit crazy. Any ideas on how to cure myself?February 26, 2014 7:10 pm at 7:10 pm #1006783whats_in_a_nameMember
Dermatologists hate her!February 26, 2014 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #1006784a maminParticipant
Vitamin CFebruary 26, 2014 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm #1006785
whats_in_a_name – What makes you say that?
a mamin – I’ve been “overdosing” on Vitamin C (3000 mg on a regular day) for a while, didn’t help.February 26, 2014 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm #1006787
4 weeks? That is concerning. Have you seen a doctor?February 27, 2014 3:30 am at 3:30 am #1006788HaLeiViParticipant
I agree with Popa. A typical cold should last less than a week. The remedies of a cold consist of the best way to deal with the cold rather than to get rid of it, which you can’t — other than in general boosting your immune system.February 27, 2014 3:57 am at 3:57 am #1006789supermeMember
Yes I agree its time you see a doctor its prob not just a coldFebruary 27, 2014 4:00 am at 4:00 am #1006790amichaiParticipant
rest, rest, rest. literally. you need more sleep than usual. healthier meals, inc. warm broth. tea, lemon. you should go back to your doc. for a checkup , a must.February 27, 2014 4:07 am at 4:07 am #1006791
PBA -“4 weeks? That is concerning. Have you seen a doctor?”
Good idea. It could be a secondary infection.
Viruses usually respond to Zinc. Also, a humidifier in your room helps.February 27, 2014 6:56 am at 6:56 am #1006792
there is no cure for the common cold. Only ways to alleviate symptoms or help your body stay strong. it’s interesting that posters are suggesting a doc. It cant hurt! But if you’re not unwell, just sniffly, you might have gotten over your first cold but caught a second one in the interim.
”remedies”-popular one is vitamin c tho im not sure overdosing is a great idea (tho rly thats to prevent catching a cold, not too helpful after the fact), staying well hydrated is important, rest, exercise but not overdoing it, hot drinks can help congestion, honey and lemon can help a sore throat, cold fresh air can help a stuffy head. In other words, be healthy 🙂February 27, 2014 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #1006793
Viruses usually respond to Zinc. Also, a humidifier in your room helps.
They do. But also sometimes you lose your sense of smell.February 27, 2014 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #1006794
Well it started as a regular cold, the type you would expect to get after a 12 hour flight breathing germy recycled air, so I didn’t think twice about it. But now most of the symptoms are gone, no more sore throat, no more lethargic feelings. Just really congested that I haven’t been able to breath at all through one side of my nose. Surprisingly, the other side is completely clear. I’ve spoken to a doctor who referred me to an ENT which I haven’t seen yet. (I absolutely hate doctors.) He said it’s probably something with my sinuses…
At this point I just need to figure out how to decongest.
I tried: a humidifier when I sleep, putting my shower on the full blast till my bathroom was steamier than Lakewood in mid August, saline solutions… nothing is helping.
Zinc? How do I do that?February 27, 2014 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm #1006795
If it’s been four weeks and you haven’t been re-infected with another cold, it may be a sinus infection. If so, use a neti pot, eat spicy foods, do some aerobic exercise or at least significant amounts of walking, and take ibuprofen several times a day.
Also, try eating raw garlic and foods with a lot of ginger. Make sure to get enough sleep.
And give some tzedakah, say some tehillim and spend a few minutes doing teshuvah — perhaps the cold is Hashem’s way of getting your attention regarding a particular issue you need to correct?February 27, 2014 3:45 pm at 3:45 pm #1006796
Don’t use zinc. It can cause you to lose your sense of smell permanently. (And much of your sense of taste)February 27, 2014 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #1006797
“Just really congested that I haven’t been able to breath at all through one side of my nose.”
It’s most likely a sinus infection. These can last for weeks or even months, and they can make you feel awful all the time! Like I said before, learn how to use a neti pot (with filtered water and sea salt, not tap water and table salt), eat really spicy food, get some exercise, take ibuprofen consistently throughout the day for a few days — these things really help.
I sometimes used to get them but when I went running that could be enough to knock it out — something about warming up your sinuses and allowing everything to flow. A neti pot several times a day if necessary can also be great, but don’t do it right before sleeping. I just had a sinus infection last week, and that (along with spicy food) was what cured it.February 27, 2014 5:04 pm at 5:04 pm #1006798
yytz – Thanks! I will definitely look in to a neti pot. (Never even heard of it before…)
Why would taking ibuprofen consistently help? Doesn’t sound too healthy.February 27, 2014 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm #1006799
PBA -“Don’t use zinc. It can cause you to lose your sense of smell permanently. (And much of your sense of taste)”
Sorry, you are behind the times. They only removed nasal zinc, like Zicam nasal spray, nothing else.February 27, 2014 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #1006800
streekgeek -“I’ve spoken to a doctor who referred me to an ENT which I haven’t seen yet. (I absolutely hate doctors.) He said it’s probably something with my sinuses…”
Tell your PCP to give antibiotics, either – Amoxil, or Z-pak, or Biaxin. You don’t need a specialist!
“Zinc? How do I do that?”
Either Zicam oral spray or Cold-eze lozenges.February 27, 2014 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #1006801
Not joking – take a good whiff of fresh ground white horseradish. Every erve Pesach my mom and then my brother in later yeasrs, would grind it for the maror, and one whiff cured me of any sinus issues I might have had.
If you have something for such a duration of time, a doc visit IS in order. You might even need antibiotics if you have a sinus infection. The Neti pot is only good if you can coordinate yourself enough to actually use it correctly. I never could.
I never heard of any stricture on zinc before. ColdEeze helps me. Refuah shelaima. Vitamin C is useless IMO. But general good diet and sleeping patterns are crucial.February 27, 2014 6:01 pm at 6:01 pm #1006802
You’re welcome! Don’t overdo the ibuprofen, especially if you have stomach problems, and try to follow the directions on the box, but it can help because it reduces inflammation (which is a major aspect to a sinus infection.)
The way I think about it, consistent use can keep the swelling down long enough to let your body’s natural defenses come in and knock the infection away while it’s reduced in size. It also helps you feel better.
You should ask a doctor or nurse how much ibuprofen is too much, if taking no more than the recommended dose (as explained on the box or bottle) doesn’t work well enough. In my experience (with other health conditions), sometimes they’ll tell you that you can take significantly more than that.February 27, 2014 6:10 pm at 6:10 pm #1006803🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
streekgeek – I vote for the sinus’. I get this all the time, as do two of my kids, and it just doesn’t go away. The neti pot is an awesome solution but if it starts getting painful it probably means it is not just “stuffed” but getting infected, antibiotics is the only thing that works for us. We (collectively) can’t do the “pour things up your nose” treatments, so we just pray a lot that it will go away before the infection sets in.February 27, 2014 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #1006804
oomis – I hope you’re not kidding about ground horseradish cuz I may just try that, as I’m not a spicy foods type of person. And I’ll try the sleep thing too, but I can’t see it fitting too well with my life.
yytz – As of now there is no pain, so I am a bit hesitant with taking ibuprofen; I was never one of those people who take pain killers for every little thing. Incidentally, I was taking ibuprofen because of a tooth ache (related maybe? I thought it was from stress) so I guess I’ll see about continuing that.
Syag – I guess a doctors visit will be scheduled. I don’t think I could handle infection at this point. I hope I don’t get this all the time, don’t know how I’d deal with it constantly.February 27, 2014 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #1006805🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
Sinus pressure can cause pretty bad tooth pain but it is usually a little bit different from a bad tooth. (per experience and dentist) it will be a top tooth (they share a nerve with the sinus) on the same side that is stuffed, and it will often hurt if you tap it or bend over. I can usually tell when my awful tooth pain is sinus related but a couple times my daughter has been in horrific pain and we had trouble determining which was the culprit.February 27, 2014 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm #1006806
Ibuprofen’s not just a painkiller, it’s also a potent anti-inflammatory. If you have a sinus infection, you have inflammation.
Yes, a sinus infection can give you a toothache. It’s happened to me before.
If you don’t really like spicy food, you might consider trying Sriracha with the rooster on it (if you can find it with a hechsher you hold by). It’s pretty spicy but for some reason it makes you want to eat more and more. That way you could end up eating enough to blast that sinusitis away. Hatzlacha!February 27, 2014 8:57 pm at 8:57 pm #1006807Torah4MeParticipant
Propably an allergy. Dust etc – Try Homeopathic or just boost your immune system with Olive Leaf Extract and Echinacea – Refuah ShlemohFebruary 27, 2014 9:03 pm at 9:03 pm #1006808
yytz – Thanks! You sound like a pro but I sincerely hope you’re not talking from experience.February 27, 2014 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #1006809
by golly, what are these ppl saying?? It’s a congested nose with no other symptoms! Don’t consistantly take ibuprofen, self-prescribe antibiotics, or medicate without a doctor PLEASE! The firs indication you’ve given of something to be worried about is the toothache. Sinus infections are painful, so if you have no pain it’s likely not. But the toothachey feeling is often really sinus infection, so there’s finally something to tell your doctor about and get checked out. If it turns out to not be sinus infection, be nice to your body! Be healthy, sleep, feel free to alleviate your symptoms with spicy things, nasal rinses, garlic and exercise (but dont drain yourself if your immune system is already working overtime), but dont run for the medicine cabinet!February 28, 2014 2:12 pm at 2:12 pm #1006810
It *is* probably better to try to stop the infection without medicine if you can. Aerobic exercise can really work wonders for it (and other things as well, like your energy levels) — even if you’re not a regular jogger or exerciser, try it out and you’ll see.February 28, 2014 2:33 pm at 2:33 pm #1006811
Colds don’t respond to anything. If they would, I wouldn’t have one.February 28, 2014 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #1006812
saysme – I’m a bit hesitant myself. I’ll hold off on the Advil but will make an appointment first thing next week.
yytz – A bit hard to commit to exercise with my schedule but I guess my health should come first. Thanks for all you help! Have a great shabbos!February 28, 2014 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #1006813
The best thing for colds is to buy really expensive tissues.February 28, 2014 5:56 pm at 5:56 pm #1006814
You’re welcome! Good Shabbos, and refua shleima!February 28, 2014 6:17 pm at 6:17 pm #1006815
I wasn’t really kidding about the maror, but it can be a very VERY strong, make your eyes water, so DON’T really take a good sniff of it, but a gentle one (if you go that route). You wanted home remedies. My best advice is to speak to your doctor.
Here is a cautionary tale, btw. NEVER take what your doctor says, at face value. Ask questions, be proactive, informed patients, know what to expect, know why certain tests are ordered and what their results are when the doc gets them. If you don’t chaap what the doc is saying, ask him/her to explain it in words that the layperson can understand. Don’t be shy about that.March 3, 2014 2:51 am at 2:51 am #1006817
streekgeek -“At this point I just need to figure out how to decongest.
I tried: a humidifier when I sleep, putting my shower on the full blast till my bathroom was steamier than Lakewood in mid August, saline solutions… nothing is helping.”
Try a vaporizer instead of a humidifier. Also use Vick’s Vapo Rub on your chest and neck.March 3, 2014 4:58 am at 4:58 am #1006818
Horseradish can be painful.March 3, 2014 6:12 am at 6:12 am #1006819MParticipant
I am absolutely shocked that on YWN of all places no one suggested learning Torah — ??? ????? ????? ????? — if it can protect Eretz Yisroel from its enemies it can certainly help with a little cold.March 3, 2014 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm #1006820☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
M, there’s a different thread for that:
http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/how-much-is-a-womans-torah-worthMarch 3, 2014 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #1006821111111Participant
Fresh hot chicken soupMarch 3, 2014 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #1006822
So my doctor put me on antibiotics, hopefully it will respond to that. I guess the home remedies will be put to use if there is a next time c”v…
Thanks all!March 4, 2014 5:22 am at 5:22 am #1006823
or if u still have congestion til it clears your system. Refuah shleima!March 4, 2014 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #1006824
Vicks VapoRub actually does help A LOT!March 4, 2014 7:23 pm at 7:23 pm #1006826golferParticipant
Checking in here to agree with oomis, as always Best Bubby…March 4, 2014 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #1006827
Why on earth would a virus respond to antibiotics?March 4, 2014 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #1006828
After 48 hours on Amoxil I am seeing a bit of improvement B”H. Sometimes it takes something like this to remember the simple miracle of being able to breath normally.
Vicks VapoRub still brings back nightmares. I used that all the time as a kid but haven’t touched it since I was old enough to refuse it. I should really try it before bed tonight; maybe I’ll get a normal night’s sleep.March 6, 2014 1:47 am at 1:47 am #1006829always runs with scissors fastParticipant
Streekgeek, From the first few threads I had a feeling it was a sinus infection. One true and tried test is to bend over as if to tie your shoes, and if you had a heavy throb in the sinus fore head area its probablly sinus.
As for the suggestion to use the nasal rinse called Neti pot, it warns the user DO NOT USE IF YOUR NASAL PASSAGE IS COMPLETELY BLOCKED. So just be aware.
Also, a really good idea but super gross, (gets exciting actually) is to take Fenugreek seed. Either by tea, (tastes weird) or by tablet. Take quite a bit daily. You will be able to fill a mason jar up with thick mucus snot. WHat will come out from your sinus cavity will amaze you. Its soooo amazingly gross.
Enjoy.March 6, 2014 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm #1006830
Golfer, I will have to start hiring you as my agent!!!! 🙂March 6, 2014 3:54 pm at 3:54 pm #1006831
awrsf – lol, you make this sound like a whole adventure 😉 That Fenugreek seed totally appeals to the repulsive side of me. However, as of now whatever I tried did not clear my nasal path, so I’m thinking that maybe I’m not actually congested but maybe my sinuses are swollen that it’s blocking air..does that even make sense? Whatever, I’m just trying to wait it out. WIth antibiotics it feels like two steps forward, one step back…I’m learning to live with it. If my life gets boring though I may just try that Fenugreek seed (I like the sound of it). You’re cordially invited to watch, and I could even give you a souvenir.March 6, 2014 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm #1006832
When sinuses are swollen, that is another way of saying congested, no? Have you tried putting your towel wrapped head over a bowl of steamy water?March 6, 2014 8:39 pm at 8:39 pm #1006833
When sinuses are swollen, that is another way of saying congested, no?
You tell me. I don’t know these things. I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I remember being sick B”H…
Have you tried putting your towel wrapped head over a bowl of steamy water?
Yup, tried that. Deep breathing until I couldn’t handle the steam anymore. Therapeutic? Definitely. Decongest? Not really.July 28, 2017 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm #1328485
And I’m still getting sinus infections, though not as frequently as when I posted this.
Got some ‘new’ ideas to try here, the ones that I didn’t try 3 years ago.
What gives me most relief now is a sinus rinse (not with a neti pot as yytz posted, there are easier ways of doing it) twice a day. And a lot of rest.
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