Good Ideas for Battling the Cold Virus

Updated on October 3, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Fighting the Common Cold

Palliative measures that seem to help in fighting cold viruses the most are some of the following:

  • Rest! Your body needs to recover and getting extra sleep and resting will help this process. Take some days off from work to help yourself and prevent the spread of disease to your co-workers.

Fighting the cold virus
Fighting the cold virus | Source
  • Humidify the air you breathe. Viruses thrive in dry environments.

Inhale some steam by using a bowl of hot water and placing a towel over your head so that you can get the full benefits of that humid air into the mucous membranes of your nose and mouth. Some people add a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the bowl of steaming water for added effect.

There are humidifiers that can be purchased for just such a purpose.

Alternately enjoy a steamy shower and stay in the shower stall inhaling that soothing steam for a while. That should alleviate some congestion.

Electric humidifier
Electric humidifier | Source
EasyComforts Room Humidifiers, Set of 2
EasyComforts Room Humidifiers, Set of 2

I have found the use of room humidifiers to be of great value when the air is dry and when fighting off maladies like the cold or flu. It is easier to breathe in the humidified air.

 
  • Gargle often to treat sore throats.

A half teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water is a good natural antiseptic remedy. This can be done often throughout the day.

Drinking fluids like hot tea with honey and lemon in it can also help ease painful throats.

An ill man taking a gargling mixture for a sore throat. Coloured aquatint, 1827.
An ill man taking a gargling mixture for a sore throat. Coloured aquatint, 1827. | Source
  • Enjoy warm and hot liquids throughout the day.

Yes…that old fashioned remedy that you have undoubtedly heard of from many people (perhaps even your mother or grandmother)…chicken soup…is truly good for you.

The extra fluid is important and it as well as other hot liquids will help relieve nasal congestion and loosen phlegm while soothing membranes which are irritated by coughing.

Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup | Source
  • Using hot or cold packs around your sinuses seems to help.

Did you know that you can use a package of frozen veggies wrapped in a towel for an instant cold pack?

After the vegetables are thawed they can always later be made into more warming and healthful soups!

  • Use a Neti Pot for help in clearing out sinuses.

That warmed salt water that helps to irrigate nasal passages really helps!

Neti pot
Neti pot | Source
Simply Saline Neti Pot Nasal Sprays and Strips Kit with Refills, 50 Count
Simply Saline Neti Pot Nasal Sprays and Strips Kit with Refills, 50 Count

I have used a Neti Pot with great success. As a matter of fact in my case it works to clear a sinus infection as fast or even faster than the antibiotics I used to use. I like the idea of using the salt water in place of antibiotics.

 
  • Use extra pillows under your head at night if you are having difficulty sleeping due to congestion.

It will make it a bit easier to breathe.

Pillowcase drawn over an Orthopedic pillow
Pillowcase drawn over an Orthopedic pillow | Source
  • In addition to the measures taken above be sure and wash your hands frequently! This should be a good health habit in any case, but if not...this is the time to start.

  • Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and if that is unavailable cough into your elbow. Normally you will not be touching other things with the inside of your elbow and infecting others.

Using a tissue or hankerchief to cover ones nose when having to blow it or even sneeze.
Using a tissue or hankerchief to cover ones nose when having to blow it or even sneeze. | Source
  • Try and avoid flying on airplanes when you have a cold virus. That is not only good for the surrounding passengers in that enclosed space who would be exposed to your illness but the altitude changes can cause increased pressure in your eardrums which can result in pain and in worst case scenarios even cause a rupture leading to hearing loss. Be safe rather than sorry!

I hope that if you come down with the dreaded cold virus, these useful tips will be of value to you or in helping others you know.

  • Important! Be sure and read about Reye's Syndrome if your child catches a cold or other malady. Avoid using aspirin to bring down fevers in children.

What do you most often do when fighting off a cold virus?

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Here are some videos that you might find of interest.

The first comes from a doctor who calls himself a functional medicine nutritionist. He claims that he can drastically limit the duration of a cold if one follows his advice.

For those who already have symptoms, Dr. Joseph Mercola offers an inexpensive treatment idea. I had never heard of it before, but apparently it really helps according to anecdotal evidence from many people who have tried it. Take a look here:

Using Hydrogen Peroxide to treat a cold..

There are many ideas from different sources as to how best to manage and treat cold symptoms. This last video suggests healthful foods to eat when feeling ill. This makes good sense to me!

In no way is this information intended to take the place of your doctor's advice. This health information offered above is simply a starting point for consideration and discussion with your medical professional.

Questions & Answers

    © 2016 Peggy Woods

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi C E Clark,

        My article was mainly targeted at homeopathic things that can be done to lessen the effects of colds. Your ideas on how to prevent colds or flu are great...especially the handwashing part of it. Very happy for you that taking Vitamin C in larger doses has worked in preventing colds for you. You are right in mentioning that not all vitamins can safely be taken in larger doses like that.

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        C E Clark 

        5 weeks ago from North Texas

        I am out in the public 7 days a week at least 12 or more hours every day. When I first started working for our local school district (with special needs children) I was sick all the time (2011). I don't work there anymore, but I am still out even more than I was when doing that job and constantly exposed to whatever is going around.

        In 2012 I started taking 500 mg tablets of chewable Vitamin C. It wouldn't have to be chewable, but that is my preference. After I had taken it for a while, maybe 3 months or so, I noted I wasn't catching everything that came along anymore.

        During colds and flu season I often double up and take one 500 mg tablet of Vitamin C every 12 hours. That has made all the difference for me.

        It is because of previous experiences where dentists and doctors advised me to take Vitamin C due to conditions that I had, that I first thought of taking it to avoid colds, etc.

        For example, when I was 16 years old I had several permanent teeth removed and 2 were abscessed. My dentist at that time recommended a 500 mg tablet of Vitamin C daily for several months, and it made a word of difference. Since that time I have noted that Vitamin C can keep my gums and teeth healthy and even help prevent tooth aches. Rinsing one's mouth with Listerine can be helpful if one has a tooth ache also. Rinse several times a day. My teeth have been a problem all of my life for some reason.

        My husband several years ago, told me how when he went to his doctor because of a particularly difficult case of flu, was given a Vitamin C injection. It was a very large 'dose' of Vitamin C and it helped his flu clear up pretty quickly.

        Because of my own experience and hearing about my husband's experience I decided to try taking Vitamin C tablets in large amounts to see if it would make a difference as it had in the past.

        Vitamin C is not toxic as I'm sure you know, but that isn't true of all vitamins, so no one reading this should get the idea that if Vitamin C does wonders in large amounts that other vitamins in large amounts might be equally successful. Some vitamins are toxic in large amounts or when taken in what might be considered excess, so one should learn about the vitamin they are considering before taking large amounts of it. Consult a doctor and learn everything about the vitamin they can from Google.

        Anyway, since I started taking Vitamin C back in 2012 on a daily basis and as I described above, I have had only 1 cold and no flu despite being out and about for hours everyday. I'm thinking that one case of a cold was probably due to being run down, not getting enough sleep, not eating right, and being overly stressed.

        Sleep is very important as is a nutritious diet over the long haul. I think I got my one cold back in 2015 when there was a lot of stress in my life, at least more than usual. If one extremely over-taxes their bodies for a long period of time, even Vitamin C can do only so much.

        Hand washing and keeping one's hands away from one's face until one can wash them well is also a good habit to get into. It's hard to avoid airborne germs, but hand washing can go a long way in ridding one's self of germs that are spread through physical contact. Hand sanitizers can be very helpful too.

        This article of yours can be very beneficial to people who read it and follow the recommendations included. My article on the correct way to wash one's hands is a good addition to this article for people who are serious about avoiding colds and the flu, and even worse maladies that are spread through physical contact.

        I was informed by an FB friend that she also shared this article after I posted it last time, so hopefully it will get some views for you.

        Going to post this to FB again for people who may have missed it last time. It's that time of the year when it pays to prepare, so that hopefully as many people as possible can avoid sickness -- or if not complete avoidance, can experience a lighter case. I'm looking forward to NOT getting any colds or flu again this year.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi C E Clark,

        You must have a good immune system or are lucky not to have been around people who could pass a cold virus or the flu to you. We cut our odds of getting the flu by taking annual flu shots. They are not 100% effective but at least we are cutting our odds of catching it.

        Thanks for the shares. Yes, our weather is cooling and we have been getting lots of rain down here.

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        C E Clark 

        5 weeks ago from North Texas

        Given the still warm weather up here (in North Texas), it's hard to believe winter will soon be here. I love winter because of the cooler temperatures, but unfortunately those lovely cooler temps are often accompanied by colds and flu. Personally, I've had only one cold and no flu since 2012 -- and I don't miss those maladies!

        Everyone doesn't have my good fortune in this area, so this article should be very helpful and useful to those who will likely succumb to a cold before much more time passes. People should have confidence in this article given that its author was a nurse. Good sound advice here, and reading this before the cold and flu season gets seriously underway would seem very practical to my thinking.

        A great article that I am posting to FB and Awesome HubPages. Hope you are experiencing cooler temps down there too, and that all is well with you.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ethel,

        I am happy to know that you get fewer colds now that you are retired. I guess we can chalk that up to another perk of getting older. Haha!

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        Ethel Smith 

        2 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        I try hard each year to avoid getting a cold but as I use public transport frequently it is not always easy.

        I do find age colds linger longer and can bother me more but at least since retiring I do not get many

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        Peggy Woods 

        3 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        Avoiding being around people who are ill is one way to avoid the catching of a cold but that is sadly not always possible. It sounds like you are doing all the right things. Sending good thoughts and wishes your way.

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        Patricia Scott 

        3 months ago from sunny Florida

        Thankfully I have not had a cold in years. I do have an ongoing battle with allergies though. I have tried every remedy and nothing works so it has become a part of life. These suggestions are timeless ones...we are a big part of staying out of the way of a cold...and as you mentioned hand washing is so important And a real hand washing scrubb and dub dubbing our hands long enough to sing the Happy Birthday song is one way to be sure we are washing long enough. Pinning to my all about healthy board. Angels once again are on the way ps

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Eileen,

        I am glad you found some information in this post of which you were unfamiliar. That photo at the top is indeed cute!

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        Ethel Smith 

        4 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Lotsof verynjseful i formation here thanks Peggy. Some known some not. And I love that first image of a poorly pooch lol

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Dianna,

        Hope your husband feels better soon! An extra pillow or two can be very helpful at times.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        7 months ago

        My hubby just caught a cold this weekend so your advice is going to be put into action. Your pillow suggestion is one I find very helpful when coughing and breathing are an issue.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Mary,

        It is so interesting to hear about all the different home remedies to ward off and/or treat colds. I had never heard about the bit of salt on the tongue. Thanks for your comment.

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        Mary Norton 

        8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We had been taking Vitamin C and I gargle but only in the morning. I should do that more often. My Vietnamese friend told me to put a bit of salt on my tongue and let it melt and you won't have any cold. I am wary of this, though, because of the danger of taking too much salt.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago

        Hi Jackie,

        That is really interesting! Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was that simple to cure a cold or the flu. Certainly worth a retry!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        8 months ago from The Beautiful South

        I read at FB that using a drop of peroxide in the ears could prevent onset of colds and flu or wipe them out within 10 to 12 hours after using the drops. I woke last week before daylight with something, sure seemed like flu and I did not remember the peroxide until about noon to put in my ears. Well I had the stomach thing going on and I took three imodiums for that but by bedtime, 11 or 12 o'clock I was well. No sore throat, cough or anything.

        Guess I will have to try it again to know for sure but thought I would share this just in case.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago

        Thanks for commenting Sp Greaney. Hopefully you stay clear of any cold virus this winter.

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        Sp Greaney 

        8 months ago from Ireland

        Good practical advice. Nice tip about the humidifier too. Good to know for next time.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi ptosis,

        What a shame! I hope that you can find some zinc lozenges or nasal swabs soon to help you. It works best when just coming down with cold symptoms.

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        ptosis 

        8 months ago from Arizona

        Wanted to zinc today! But I went to 2 different stores and can't find it!

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Dolores,

        Another way to use the zinc is via the nasal swabs. Have you ever tried using those? I have used the zinc lozenges in the past but they certainly affect taste buds. Now I prefer using the nasal swabs instead. Hydrogen peroxide can certainly bleach items, so duly noted.

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        Dolores Monet 

        8 months ago from East Coast, United States

        Hi Peggy - loved all the tips. I am a big believer in the use of zinc lozenges taken at the first sign of a cold, or if someone else in your home has a cold. I just use the store brand. Also, listening to the hydrogen peroxide advise, I suggest that you don't do this while wearing your favorite pjs. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach out color and put permanent spots on garments.

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        Peggy Woods 

        10 months ago

        Merry Christmas to you also Jackie. Stay well and enjoy the new year ahead.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        10 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Merry Christmas, friend, and the best new year ever!

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        Peggy Woods 

        11 months ago

        Hi manatita44,

        Extra Vitamin C is always good as are your other suggestions. Wishing you good health!

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        manatita44 

        11 months ago from london

        Well done Peggy. Some of Dr Mercola's and the other naturist ideas I practice: garlic, honey, macro-molicular doses of Vit C; rest; sleep; ginger and so forth. I like the idea of taking the apple cider and echinacea together.

        A very educational piece for those with colds. Great work.

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        Peggy Woods 

        11 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        The last thing you need right now would be to come down with a cold. Hopefully those nasty viruses will not make a visit to you or any of your family members. Stay well. Battling sinus problems is enough! Hopefully you will find some relief from that. Hugs and prayers to you!

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        Peggy Woods 

        11 months ago

        Hi Roberta,

        Hopefully you will have no need for these remedies in battling a cold this fall and winter season.

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        Patricia Scott 

        11 months ago from sunny Florida

        Keeping fingers crossed that I do not need to follow any or all of your suggestions. I have not had a cold in many years. But as I have mentioned sinus stuff and allergies have become my daily companion....poohie. But truthfully I would rather put up with those rather than a cold. I usually do not feel bad and with a cold one does.

        Take care of you and yours...Angels are tirelessly headed your way ps

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        RTalloni 

        11 months ago from the short journey

        Thanks for these good reminders. This time of year I do not want to breathe out in public, but it's a rather difficult thing to keep at on a consistent basis. If the inevitable hits, these tips are helpful ones.

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        Peggy Woods 

        11 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Jackie,

        You are correct. It pays to do all we can to avoid catching colds in the first place.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        11 months ago from The Beautiful South

        Great time of year to come across this. Got to do all we can to stay away from those awful colds! Gonna go watch your videos now.

        Thanks!

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        Peggy Woods 

        13 months ago

        Hi Dora,

        What you wrote is true but when we are are afflicted with a cold virus we must do everything possible to recover from it as soon as possible. No need in prolonging the misery.

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        Dora Weithers 

        13 months ago from The Caribbean

        Sometimes when the cold hits, we're even too miserable to think. Thank you for sharing these helpful reminders. A good post to keep handy.

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        Peggy Woods 

        15 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Greetings Nyesha,

        These are all old tried and true methods for battling the dreaded cold when it afflicts us. Thanks for your comment.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        15 months ago from USA

        Here, you share many great ideas for preventing and recovering from colds. Thanks for sharing!

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        Peggy Woods 

        15 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Rajan,

        These may be old fashioned simple tips for combating the common cold, but they make sense. Glad you liked them.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        I like these useful natural tips to combat the common cold. Thanks for sharing.

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        Peggy Woods 

        18 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Audrey,

        So glad you found this article to be of good use. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        18 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Peggy you've cut right to the chase bringing the best solutions for kicking a cold fast. Loved Dr. Axe;s video and subscribed to his you tube channel and newsletter.

        I'll be ordering the room humidifier. Thanks so much for this great article. Sharing it.

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        Peggy Woods 

        21 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        I suffer with allergies also. Do try using a neti pot if you are unfamiliar with it. It truly does help! Hope you feel better soon. Sending blessings your way along with virtual hugs.

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        Patricia Scott 

        21 months ago

        Read this before but am back. I have HUGE allergy issues...it seems they just have not gone away this year. So am going to see if I can find some tips here that will help with those too.

        Hoping all is well with you and your family, Peggy. I hope you realize the impact that your concern and kind words bring to each of us.

        Sending many Angels and blessings and hugs your way once again this morning ps

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Susie,

        I had never heard of that hydrogen peroxide tip either. Guess it is worth a try. Nice to hear that you seldom suffer with colds. Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season of year.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago

        Hi Susie,

        You are fortunate that you seldom are bothered by colds. Keep doing what you are doing! That Hydrogen Peroxide tip was a new one for me also. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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        Susie Lehto 

        22 months ago from Minnesota

        Great tips, Peggy. I had not heard of the Hydrogen Peroxide use in the ear for combating colds. I will remember to try that if I get a cold, but that is so rare for me. I guess I live a healthy life-style, and I'm sure it helps that I stay home taking care of my, Mom, and we just aren't out in public.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        Hope they recover soon.

        Hi Audrey,

        You are not alone. I think that most people hate getting colds.

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        Audrey 

        22 months ago

        Great advice! I hate colds!

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        Robert Sacchi 

        22 months ago

        Yes, a couple of people I know are under the weather now.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        Good advice for anytime of year but since this is the season when many colds and even flu viruses seem to thrive, I will happily accept your compliment. Thanks!

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Genna,

        Glad you liked this. I also found it interesting to know about the hydrogen peroxide. Thanks for your comment.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        That is a shame that anyone would be working over you that close and be sniffling the entire time. If she HAD to go to work she should have at LEAST worn a mask.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        22 months ago

        Good advice and just in time for the season.

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        Genna East 

        22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hi Peg. I wish everyone would read this. I can't tell you how many times I have visited a client's offices where employees have arrived at work with terrible colds. And you are so right about hot chicken soup. Airplanes can serve as Petri dishes for passengers. I never knew about the hydrogen peroxide. Good tips for all.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        22 months ago

        Great suggestions which I hope I do not have to use this year, Peggy! The last few days I've been watching to see if something will develop because when I had my eyebrows waxed recently the technician had a cold and she was leaning over breathing and sniffling on me the whole time. I do swear by that Neti!

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        I love being able to use Judi Gullickson's cute Shih Tzu photos to illustrate some of my hubs. She is generous in allowing me to use them. Glad you enjoy them as well.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Sounds like you are a very healthy guy if you are never plagued with getting sick. That is great! Yes...I also liked that photo of the guy gargling. Was happy to find it to illustrate that point.

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patricia,

        So sorry to hear that you have come down with a cold. Not fun any time of year. Feel better soon. Good luck with that bone marrow drive. Sounds promising!

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        Linda Crampton 

        22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I agree - the first photo is so cute! Judy provides some great pictures.

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        Bill Holland 

        22 months ago from Olympia, WA

        It's hard to argue with any of this, Peggy. If I ever do get sick, and odds are against it happening, I'll remember these suggestions. Loved the picture, by the way, of the guy gargling.

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        Patricia Scott 

        22 months ago from sunny Florida

        O yes.. I needed to see this today. I have the only cold started that I have had in six years!!! Poohie. And I have to go to work today....however I will take your advice and do as many of these things as you suggest...have already begun the gargle.

        Sorry for the delay in getting back to you...we have been getting ready for the Bone Marrow Drive on Saturday, December 10th. Response has been overwhelming....if you get a chance view the new video I posted...it is one my daughter did earlier this week...and other media have contacted and interviewed her as well and are pumping up interest.

        Take care of you and yours and many blessings and good wishes at this special Christmas time. Angels once again are finding their way to you . ps

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        Peggy Woods 

        22 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Patty,

        It is a cute picture, isn't it! Hope you are enjoying this holiday season of year and are staying healthy.

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        Patty Inglish MS 

        22 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

        That photo would make me feel better immediately!

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