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What is your miracle cure?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Over_the_hill, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I’ve had a bad cold for a week now. I just can’t seem to shift it. Still coughing and blowing my nose, am tired and lethargic, achey, and sound a bit bunged up and chesty. I don’t feel I am ill enough to go to the doctors, it’s just annoying more than anything. I just wondered if you had any miracle cures I could try to shift the common cold? I would like to be able to enjoy at least some of half term.
    All ideas welcome. :)
  2. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Not much to eat.
    Lots and lots, unlimited amounts, of oranges.
    And some oranges.
    Finished with a nice orangey orange.

    For verification, here are some cats and some oranges. Note how the cats do not appear to have a cold, and how the one on the left in particular is sleeping peacefully with clear airways.

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2020
  3. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    My sons swear by zinc. I haven't tried it but they claim it's the most effective treatment ever!
  4. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    A good old fashioned drink of lemon and honey?
    agathamorse, nomad, lindenlea and 2 others like this.
  5. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    If you take the medication recommended, you will be fine in seven days. Otherwise it'll resolve itself in a week.
  6. border_walker

    border_walker Lead commenter

    "Vitamin C and the common cold. ... Vitamin C has not decreased the frequency of colds in the general population, but it has halved the frequency of colds in people under heavy short-term physical stress. There is no effect of taking vitamin C in doses up to 8 grams per day after a cold has already begun."
    I remember when Linus first suggested this, other biochemists did think that he had lost the plot.
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  7. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    After a week, it is not a cold, it is just the body's reaction to what the cold did. As you get older recovery times increase. They used to call the snot and bunged upness "catarrh" but you don't hear the word much. Can take up to two weeks to be decongestified and snotless. As the "common cold" is a virus, you are no longer infectious, and still more or less upright, I'd diagnose that you'll live.
  8. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    I find a nice box of chocolates, a hot toddy and a good TV detective programme help.
  9. install

    install Star commenter

    Rub some 'Vicks' on your chest every night ...:)
  10. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    Thank you for your tips everyone and your prognosis Ivar. :)

    My house is really untidy and in need of a good clean but I just don’t have the energy or the inclination. I’m just lying on the sofa staring at the dirt. Maybe tomorrow I’ll feel well enough.
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  11. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Do you mean Vic?
    (As in decongestant!!)
  12. install

    install Star commenter

    Yep...have already corrected:)
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  13. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Rest and drink loads of hot water or other hot watery drinks.
  14. primarycat

    primarycat Star commenter

    Rub a variety of substances on your chest to investigate how effective they are. Start with the Vaseline, then the Vicks, then - I don't know - mustard? Horse embrocation? Furniture polish? Rhubarb jam? Report back to us with your findings.

    Lie down with your eyes closed or firmly fixed onto book or screen, so you don't see any mess and therefore feel no compulsion to do anything about it.

    Disclaimer - very few of my suggestions are meant seriously and should not be followed. Listening to my nonsense is entirely at your own risk.
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  15. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    A healthy tot of Laphroig helps clear the airways. Jakeman’s sweets used to but they have been over modified into nothing. There is a very goid whisky toddy called penicillin that helps - google for details. I’m currently in week three of a chest infection and feeling like limp lettuce.
    PS, when is Vic available for chest rubbing detail?
  16. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Ackterully, when I have a bad cold I find coffee and tea sometimes taste a bit vile, and milky stuff, so I usually drink hi-juice blackcurrant cordigal made with hot water. It is more soothing, usually quicker and easier to make, but whether it is any different to other "fluids" I know not. I don't get any sympathy from the cat.
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  17. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Is that a pervy marinade straight from Dunty's dungeon?
  18. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    ...if your neighbours or window cleaner don't do so first.

    fwiw, my own findings, having indulged in resorted to this recommended therapy several times, are not postable. Not on a Sunday, anyway.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2020
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  19. install

    install Star commenter

    There is always a wee dram of whiskey too ..On a serious note Vicks VaporRub works a treat
  20. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I remember when I was younger Tunes used to clear your nose really well so you could breathe easily. I went to the shop yesterday and it turns out they don’t make them anymore. Since when? What year did Tunes vanish????
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