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ok, what is the quickest most effective way to destroy the buggers!

i cant taste a thing and i'm coughing everywhere! :hmpf:

i've taken ibuprofen, drinking lots of orange juice (i'm on my third big carton) and lots of water too...
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ok, what is the quickest most effective way to destroy the buggers!

i cant taste a thing and i'm coughing everywhere! :hmpf:
ok this is pretty disgusting but it works..

2 large spoons of honey, one garlick, juice from half citrone,,put it alltogehter..add a little water so it becomes more fluid and drink it..

it really helps..no joke..
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to cure a cough: stab your throat with a kitchen knife...
to cure your taste buds: paint your tongue green...
and if your nose is runny: flush it down the loo...
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get in bed, turn all the radiators up, and have a long rest. don't get out even if you are really hot and sweaty. have a hot water bottle to make you really hot.

hey worked for me, I felt much better in the morning, and stopped sniffing. plus I had a BAD cold, blocked sinuses and ears and stuff.
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2 large spoons of honey, one garlick, juice from half citrone,,put it alltogehter..add a little water so it becomes more fluid and drink it
where i come from thats called a "hot toddy", but it doesnt have garlic in it and the water is hot.

oh yeh, it has whiskey in it too

now thats what i call a good home remedy!
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2 large spoons of honey, one garlick, juice from half citrone,,put it alltogehter..add a little water so it becomes more fluid and drink it..

it really helps..no joke..
my mum makeses that... i always seem to need the loo really bad after 10 minutes of drinking it... it's dangerous stuff you know... recipee for destruction of your inner gut...
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get in bed, turn all the radiators up, and have a long rest. don't get out even if you are really hot and sweaty. have a hot water bottle to make you really hot.

hey worked for me, I felt much better in the morning, and stopped sniffing. plus I had a BAD cold, blocked sinuses and ears and stuff.
yup - sweat it out - don't take paracetamol or anything that might stop you from developing a temperature.

Although decongestant spray and happynose are essential if you can't hack the bunged up feeling and/or get a red nose
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I asked my mum this and she is a doc =D

basically there is no way to cure a cold but there are methods in which the recovery processes can be sped up i.e.the ones people have mentioned...but remember to take 2 to 6(depending on you) paracetomals per day and wrap up warm if going out
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yup - sweat it out - don't take paracetamol or anything that might stop you from developing a temperature.

Although decongestant spray and happynose are essential if you can't hack the bunged up feeling and/or get a red nose

The ultra best thang for sore throats is to gargle with soluble aspirin, the maximum dose, throughout the day...REally helps me, and I get MUTHA sore throats...Also getting really hot in bed (!) especially your neck area seems to help too...

As to a cold, you can't do anything, you can only relieve the symptoms a little bit if you're lucky, alas
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You're not supposed to eat much when you have a cold, for some reason.
:confused:
feed a cold, starve a fever?
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Go for a long long run or sweat it out. Works for me and I have never suffered more than the beginnings of a cold for years.
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I'm going to sound really pedantic here, but what make of orange juice are you guzzling?

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Okay..get some oranges down you. Also maybe honey and lemon in hot water [for soothingness].

Bung on a scarf. Don't let the chills get to your neck and chest.

Once your throat's a bit better, you might want to graduate onto a glucose based drink to up your energy [lucozade, YEAH!!]

My dad's a doctor. He reccommends ibuprofen + paracetamol and keeping up the fluids. You're not supposed to eat much when you have a cold, for some reason.

Its "Princes pure orange juice from concentrate"..local shop jobby

i tried to eat a tuna sandwhich, but gave up because i couldnt taste it and not tasting it felt weird. on Ibuprofen

*scarf is on
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haha, whoops.

OKAY, I just looked it up and they're both wrong. You're supposed to try to keep it even, by neither stuffing, nor starving.
I always get really hungry when I've got a cold....even when I can't taste much. I figure my body knows what it needs

I CANNOT recomend happinose enough though...I wish I'd found it years ago - much better than vaseline on a sore nose.

My colds always go straight to my nose and stay there for ages - I go through hankys like there's no tomorrow....after years of mistreatment even the slightest use of the softest tissue causes my nose to turn bright red and start going all flaky and bleaugh.....but not anymore thanks to happinose...changed my colds completely
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I think I have more vitamin C in my little finger. From concentrate = sweetened crap. Either shell out for some tropicana, or just shovel some oranges in there (:
there's no evidence to suggest that vitamin C will improve the symptoms or duration of a cold

and mattG, i could tell you, but then i'd have to kill you.. :p:
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I CANNOT recomend happinose enough though...I wish I'd found it years ago - much better than vaseline on a sore nose.
what's in it? colds lurk around my nose for ages too - i find sudafed quite good, although my nose feels like a wind tunnel afterwards
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there's no evidence to suggest that vitamin C will improve the symptoms or duration of a cold

and mattG, i could tell you, but then i'd have to kill you.. :p:
Ahh, but Vitamin C is known to be needed in a healthy immune system maybe it wont help the cold but it might stop you getting something on top while your immune system is stretched.
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there's no evidence to suggest that vitamin C will improve the symptoms or duration of a cold
There is evidence for zinc though isn't there? although it'll only shorten a cold slightly....and it costs a bomb to buy

And echinacia has been shown to be a little bit effective but only if you take it all the time and not just when you get a cold IIRC.
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i've just eaten a huge bag of ministrals....eek
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what's in it? colds lurk around my nose for ages too - i find sudafed quite good, although my nose feels like a wind tunnel afterwards
I don't find it makes any difference to the blocked up feeling (although my grandma found it did...I think my nose is just stupidly resistant to anything now) - just eases the "tissue fatigue"...it's got white soft parafin as the base with some eucalyptus, geranium oil and menthol in it*. It cools and numbs the skin on your nose and seems to put back with tissues take out.

*just had a cold so had some in my pocket - I don't generally memorise the ingredients of various balms
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Ahh, but Vitamin C is known to be needed in a healthy immune system maybe it wont help the cold but it might stop you getting something on top while your immune system is stretched.
people our age who start gettings things on top of a cold (e.g. chest infection, pneumonia) are likely to be immunosuppressed in some form anyway.

and there's no evidence to suggest that suddenly taking large doses of vit C during a cold will reduce your chances of picking up anything more sinister anyway.

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There is evidence for zinc though isn't there? although it'll only shorten a cold slightly....and it costs a bomb to buy

And echinacia has been shown to be a little bit effective but only if you take it all the time and not just when you get a cold IIRC.
i'm not sure - i don't think there's any cast iron proof but i personally think zinc is more placebo than anything else. my mum takes echinacia and swears by it, i don't think there was a lot of difference when they compared the use of echinacia with a placebo in a double-blind stat test though.

it's all swings and roundabouts as far as pharmacology and the placebo effect go.
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