I am having a shocker this week with the good old common cold so apart from the itchy sneezes and then tickly cough keeping me awake all night, I am great !
Anyone got a fool proof remedy for me or having similar autumn blues?
Cure for the common cold? Yeah, I got one. Zinc. Not just any old zinc, taken any old way, but if you do it right, and you catch the cold in the first couple of hours - you can kill it outright. If you catch it within the first 24 hours, you can cut the severity to about a quarter of the full-blown cold - and it will only last 3-4 days, instead of 7-10. If you wait longer than the first 24, it will cut the severity in about half, and a day or two less suffering.
The down sides:
* it apparently doesn't work for everyone. But it is real for most people.
* if you apply it incorrectly, it can cause a permanent loss of smell. But this is NOT easy to do - you have to inhale it so that it hits the smell sensors in the back of your sinus cavities - and stays there for at least a short time. Also, this would not happen to every person who misuses it this way - but not enough research is available to know much more.
How it works: the zinc prevents virus reproduction. Since a cold is a viral population explosion - it puts a kibosh on that party.
How to use it: the simplest and safest method is to use zinc lozenges. Suck on one for about 15 minutes or so every couple of hours. For oral zinc, you can also buy mouthwashes that do the same. We buy a two solution mouthwash that releases its zinc just when you mix the solutions - just before using the mouthwash. This particular mouthwash gives you more hours than the lozenges before you need to do it again.
Sometimes the zinc in the mouth is not enough - the cold viruses are also reproducing in your sinuses. In the US, you used to be able to buy a gel to apply inside your nostrils. Using the nostrils and the mouth, it kills every cold for me. That gel product that was applied inside the nostril is what caused the problems. Some people used the applicator like a nasal inhaler - and they inhaled the zinc gel. And there were problems as a result. Since I can't buy that product now, I make my own - I use a dab of KY jelly and spray some oral zinc spray on it. Dip a finger in, and use that finger to spread it around inside the nostril.
BTW, zinc came on the market because there were studies done that showed it was an effective cold cure. Scientific, all that. There have been other studies since that show mixed results, but since it works 100% for me, that is what I care most about.
Of course, there is still Vit C, and some people swear by it. I don't think it ever got the study evidence that zinc has. Never helped me that I could tell.
As for the blues? If a good bike ride doesn't fix it, then a good dose of hugs or alcohol, or both seem to be helpful. Or take a holiday to the south and land on a beach somewhere. THEN apply the hugs and alcohol!