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What should you take when you have a cold?


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November 07, 2010 6:50AM

Jz drink plenty of water...!!!

Also, eat good meals and get extra sleep and rest.

However, to avoid a cold, wash your hands more often, especially before handling food. Keep fingers out of your mouth, nose and eyes. Be aware of pre-cold symptoms such as feeling tired for no particular reason or other signs unique to yourself which you have noticed over time.

This is the best time to take action to fight off cold symptoms which will worsen without attention. I take about 500 mg of vitamin C every hour on the first day and about 60 mg of zinc the first dose followed by 30 mg every subsequent hour. I'm not so sure anymore that the vit. C does much but the zinc does and you will probably feel less tired after 2 or 3 hours. Vitamins are concentrated food and they do not 'attack' a cold virus. I'm not medically trained but I think the C and especially the zinc strengthen ones immune system. Three days of taking these vitamins is recommended even if you start thinking, "no, I don't think I really was coming down with a cold."

If you are feeling better the second and third days, taking less C and zinc may be okay, but continue to take some regularly - every hour or so and you may not get a cold at all, i.e., no symptoms and no virus. It's a little more likely that you will have the cold virus for 7 to 10 days but with none of the typical symptoms; probably just feeling tired. Or if the cold virus is a strong one you may catch the cold, i.e., have all the symptoms even though you did everything you could.