(Closed) What do you do as soon as you feel a cold coming?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

To ward off a cold I take Airborne tablets and packets of Emergen-C (whatever the maximum the labels say) every day until I start to feel better, it works like a charm! Throat Coat tea is also amazing when you feel your throat getting sore.

I also take some supplements like Colostrum and Vitamin D which my Mom recommended for me.

Post # 3
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I like homeopathic remedies like Umcka, and taking things with zinc in them.  I also like to take shots of elderberry syrup, which is great for boosting your immune system. 

Also rest, healthy foods, and lots of tea!

Post # 4
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Good old Jewish penecillin (chicken soup). As much of it as possible. I got sick over thanksgiving and finally was able to sleep last night without the aid of Afrin or Sudafed to help me breathe. i just slept a lot, ate chicken soup, and drank decaffinated tea with lemon and honey 

Post # 5
1980 posts
Buzzing bee

As soon as I feel a cold coming on, I start gargling mouthwash at least 3x a day, most important times being before and after going to bed. If I’m consistent with that, maybe it’s just coincidence, but the cold goes away.

Post # 6
7426 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I gargle salt water several times a day and eat chicken noodle soup with mustard in it.

I currently have a cold that I had no chance of fending off. I caught it from my 1 year old who has been sneezing and coughing directly in my face 🙁

Post # 7
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I drink water with lemon juice in it by the gallon. It gets fluids in and gives me lots of vitamin C. I use it for sore throats, congestion, headaches, etc. and it seems to help with all of them.

Post # 8
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I rub Vicks on my neck, temples, feet (then put on socks to sleep), inside my nose and in the joints of my arms.

Post # 9
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I take echinacea capsules (2-4 a day). Normally if I do end up getting sick, taking echinacea reduces the cold by a few days. I swear by it!

Post # 10
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ditto Airborne!  Also, I like to take a steamy shower, get comfy cozy, and go to bed super early.

Post # 11
2019 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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2YorkiesMama:  cool mist humidifier, more sleep, Zyrtec D to dry up my nose and keep post nasal drip from getting my throat involved,  tea with lemon and honey. Good luck!

Post # 12
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

I take vitamin c tablets every other day. I haven’t felt sick in a while, but when my head starts hurting, I drink hot water and take a long nap. I’m usually fine after I wake up. 

Post # 13
127 posts
Blushing bee

I drink TONS of tea with honey. Just cup after cup, all day long for as long as it takes (usually green tea as that’s supposedly the healthiest tea). Homemade chicken noodle soup has proven to be beneficial in helping ward off colds so if you can whip up a batch, that will help. And try nasal sprays also to keep the passages open.

Post # 14
1378 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I sleep.  I’m a firm believer that your body heals while sleeping. 

Post # 15
257 posts
Helper bee

Vicks ‘First Defence’, Vitamin C and suck it up! If I’m sure it’s just a cold I don’t bother my GP, there’s nothing they’ll prescribe anyway. I’m (thankfully) in good health so I don’t have any underlying issues to worry about. If it felt like it was developing into something nastier then I would take it to the Doctor. 

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