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Coughs and colds

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lilyofthefield, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Does the cold virus discriminate on grounds of socio-economic position?
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Is the school new to you? I've always found new staff seem to fall foul of every bug going in their first term at a new school, but after a while generally build up resistance to the 'local bugs' in that school.
  3. No, it's not new - I've been there for three years now. It is 95% EAL with children regularly visiting their home country.wonder if that could be relevant.
  4. If lots of children are sharing lots of germs, it's going to affect your health. How clean is the school? one I worked in was hoovered, and nothing else. others have had desks cleaned every fortnight, my current one they clean daily with a woosh round, but are good at cleaning door handles etc and also clean it properly on a rotation - but if a kid sneezes, those germs are going to circulate around the room...
    keep up the eat well, keep well stuff, good luck... try out some stuff to boost your immune system?
  5. emmadrg

    emmadrg New commenter

    I started teaching two subjects last year and was in a different classroom every lesson. I had three colds between September and December, and I count myself unlucky if I get two colds a year. Had a further two colds after Christmas then felt better. It was horrible.
    My cousin suggested I try manuka honey (expensive I know but yummy on porridge) and it seemed to work. I was under considerable stress last year and that probably contributed to being ill so often.
    Eat well, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep. Use that Vicks First Defence - it really works, even if you feel like you have just squirted firewater up your nose!
  6. chicabonita

    chicabonita New commenter

    I used to get mouth ulcers when I was run down (this was pre-teaching) and once when I had a particularly bad one, a pharmacist advised me to boost my immune system with Vit C and zinc combined, and then to eat pumpkin seeds (high in zinc) daily thereafter. I did that and in the last six years I've had one mouth ulcer, and probably only four or five colds. (I've had other "virus" things, mind, usually laid up for a few days in the autumn term- except while pregnant, strangely, and so far this year, touch wood). Apparently the zinc helps your body absorb the vitamin C so if you're low on that, your extra vitamins won't help.
    Worth a try?
  7. A deficiency of Vit C and Zinc will weaken your immune system but if you have enough, taking more won't make any difference. However, how you find out if you have "enough" is something I don't know. Don't take a whole load of things. I found this on the internet. I can't take Zinc supplements because they make me feel sick.
    "[Excessive Vit C] Minor symptoms include a strong smell during urination, nausea, and an upset stomach/diarrhoea........sores on the inside of the mouth. In a more severe case of overdose you risk the development of kidney stones (ascorbic acid oxalate) and deficiencies in B vitamins as well as copper. These symptoms usually only show up in more severe cases in which at least 6,000mg of vitamin c has been consumed.
    Oral zinc sulfate supplements should be taken under the guidance of a doctor. Overdose is close to therapeutic dose. Standard dose can cause side effects such as stomach upset, heartburn and nausea."
  8. Thanks for all the advice. Glad I'm not the only one who keeps getting these bugs! Finally caved in and went to docs so a blood test is on the cards altho she thinks it's just the huge amount of bugs us teachers are exposed to! Oh well, time to overhaul the nutrition and visit the health food store for some supplements prob zinc as lily suggests as I don't eat many oysters(!) and these are the main source! Also ive read that running can deplete zinc stores. It's all sooo complicated. Hope to be back on my teachers chair on Monday .
  9. Doorknobs! After a spate of significantly long running bugs, each of which turned into chest infections, I was eventually hospitalised with an asthma attack and spoke to a doctor who had been doing a research study on how people pick up bugs etc. He reckoned that the biggest culprit was doorknobs and to wash your hands after touching them if you are going to eat, drink or have your hands near your face. Of course, everyone thinks I'm a nutter as I open doors with my elbows when I'm getting my lunch out of the communal fridge and to get out of the loos. I have also noticed how often people touch their faces etc when they have the sniffles, and in office environments people often high-tail it to the loos after a violent sneezing fit so they can blow loudly without disturbing others, so it's not really surprising, but it took someone to mention it for me to realise what little germ factories people really are!
  10. i was going to point out you get more germs from touching things than inhaling - wash your hands like an obsessive

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