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Old 01-31-2007, 02:40 AM   #16
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What are your symptoms and how long have you had this cold? Zinc is the only thing proven to reduce the duration of a cold. Zicam, Cold-Eeze, Airborne has it, and others. If you have had the symptoms for 24 hour or less it works the best. It has been shown to reduce the seveity and lenth of a cold. It works by boosting the immune system and by blocking bacteria and viruses from entering into the nasal mucosa and in the throat.

If you have had this cold for a while now and you tell me your symptoms and any diseases (eg. hypertension, diabetes) you may have, I can recomend some things for you to use. Also let me know of any medications you are on because a lot of over the counter drugs interact with Rx medications. If you are concerned about privacy you can email me at drvertigo@hotmail.com
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Eat some Ramen noodles or some Asian noodle bowl from the grocery store. Trust me.
That was my dinner tonight...and I don't even go to college yet.

I had no idea gatorade was good for the cold/flu...interesting.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:44 AM   #18
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That was my dinner tonight...and I don't even go to college yet.

I had no idea gatorade was good for the cold/flu...interesting.
Gatorade is really good for dehydration. Puts back the electrolytes you may loose. Works the best for the poops
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I've had cold symptoms for a few days but nothing terrible. Monday was the first bad day, I just feel like crap. I'm very prone to sinus infections (actually just had one in mid-December) but I don't think this is one because it's not quite as bad and I haven't had a fever. I just have stuffy/runny nose and headaches mainly. Can't really breathe out of my nose so my throat gets all dry and hurts when I swallow. It's basically just a bad cold. I can't even stay home from school because we are only allowed 7 absences this semester.

Thanks everyone for your advice!
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Nasal spray.
It works wonders, but I got addicted a few months ago and the doctor last time told me not to use it anymore, or to only use for the first 2-3 days. I'm scared to start.
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:37 AM   #21
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Airborne really does work wonders!
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For a mild/moderate cold, Zicam does wonders in reducing the severity of it . I swear it has helped me prevent 2 or 3 colds in the past year. That is until this week . . . .

I've had a bad cold for the past two days and the only things that help are Nyquil/Dayquil and Afrin.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:05 AM   #24
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I would stay away from Zicam. Several people claim to have lost their sense of smell after using it, and there are even class action lawsuits on it.
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Is Zicam the spray? I know tons of people who get addicted to that stuff.

The year I had a flu shot, I never got a sinus infection. Usually, I get one or two a year, they typically last 4 weeks to 2 months. I didn't get a flu shot this past fall and have been getting lots of minor colds all winter, so my major sinus infection is just 'round the corner, I feel....
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There are different types of Zicam. I was referring to the zinc one, and it comes in other forms besides a spray (there are also chewable tablets, lozenges, etc.).

But Zicam also makes some allergy sprays, so that might be the problem one.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:19 PM   #27
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The questionable Zicam is the zinc cold remedy spray.

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January 23, 2006: A corporation that was the subject of a 7NEWS investigation has agreed to settle a massive lawsuit.

Matrixx Corp. makes the cold remedy Zicam. In 2004, 7NEWS Investigators revealed that some people who used Zicam's zinc nasal spray lost their sense of smell and taste.

On Friday, Matrixx agreed to pay $12 million in settlement awards and other charges to the 300 people who were part of a class-action lawsuit. Matrixx said that will cover about 90 percent of the outstanding claims.
http://www.zicamsideeffects.com/claim/zicam-suit.html
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Well, there goes one remedy I won't be using anymore . . .
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Airborne really does work wonders!

Airborne rules --
hope you feel better!
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I'm still taking my chances with Zicam. It works.

Love Airborne too and the CVS brand knockoff.
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