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How can I get rid of a cold really fast?

Asked by skfinkel (13478points) November 17th, 2006
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occ's avatar
vitamin c, zinc, garlic pills (get the de-odorized kind), lots of water and sleep.
occ's avatar
and this is my favorite: boil fresh ginger in hot water, add lots of lemon and honey, and it makes a really great tea that makes you feel a lot better.
occ's avatar
the other neat trick is to boil some water on the stovetop, add a few drops of eucalyptus extract (or a peppermint tea bag also works), keep the water on a low boil and and put a towel over your head to make a tent that traps the minty steam while you take really deep breaths and inhale. It clears out your lungs really fast.
skfinkel's avatar
great! No chicken soup?
ben's avatar
Chicken soup works... if it's from real chicken
ben's avatar
I think the best bet is lots of fluids and sleep
dans85's avatar
But don't take zinc if you think you're getting the flu. Sleep, push fluids, and go get some's a multi-vitamin magic powder that you dissolve in water.
theabk's avatar
Unless you have a vitamin C deficiency (ie scurvy - highly unlikely) there's no evidence that taking extra C will help you get over a cold. All you can really do is treat symptoms (like the steamy things people said), rest, and wait for the awesome immune system to do its job.
picklez's avatar
I do some of the above, especially the megadoses of vitamins and lots of tea and water. Another little trick I use is to take 1-2 shots of straight vodka or whiskey right before bed, too.
nomtastic's avatar
shoot warm saline (salt water) up yer nose. you can either use a neti pot (indian device that you can get at the hippie store) or a 60 cc syringe (no needle) from walgreens. you will be amazed at how much snot pours out of your head.
nomtastic's avatar
the whiskey? that's the best cure that doesn't work (says my friend james, the irish pharmacist.)
maggiesmom1's avatar
Actually, Dr. Linus Pauling spent a lifetime advocating vitamin C as a way to prevent and treat colds. As he has 2 Nobel Prizes (one for medicine & one for peace), I think the dude might know what he's talking about.
maggiesmom1's avatar
Also, having a pot of chicken soup (even from a can) simmering on the stove whenever you're home can help as well. Breathing in those fumes are very good.
maggiesmom1's avatar
And...if you're really desperate, try putting some breast milk up your nose. No....seriously.
theabk's avatar
Linus Pauling was a brilliant chemist and won Nobel Prizes for chemistry (not medicine) and peace, but he was not as thorough when it came to biomedical research and his theories on vitamin C are not well supported by evidence. It's very important to look at the evidence (in the case of an experimental treatment this must be a large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study) and not just take the word of a person, even if he is a genius. For a good recent review of large vitamin C trials, check out this abstract:
theabk's avatar
Whoops, link didn't work - but you can search "vitamin c cold cochrane review" at
hossman's avatar
Dr. Pauling worked with much higher megadoses of Vitamin C than any of the trials being done now. The Cochrane Review, which has examined the majority of the credible trials, concludes that Vitamin C doses administered to subjects in high-stress activities (athletes, soldiers, etc.) reduced the incidence of colds by one-half, which the Review labeled a "considerable benefit." If you've got a marathon coming up, reducing your risk of a cold by 50% is nothing to be sneezed at. Another study showed a "statistically significant" reduction in the duration of a cold when 8 grams of Vitamin C is taken on only the first day of cold symptoms. What I find curious is nobody is doing a study regarding the dosages recommended by Dr. Pauling for study, 100 milligrams every day, 1 gram per waking hour for each day cold symptoms are experienced.
Supergirl's avatar
Coldeez cuts your flu time in half. Zicam is also great at the onset.
joshiewitz's avatar
Tomatos, apple juice and Green Tea all mixed together 3 times a day
asaludares's avatar
Get your five servings of fresh vegetables and four servings a fruit daily. The vitamin complexes in vegetable matter are most likely better than anything a vitamin pill can give.
Evan's avatar
Eat lots of food, and take airborn
millie's avatar
my ukrainian roommate says honey and vodka
omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar
Airborne works REALLY well for me every time.
surlygirl's avatar

olive leaf extract capsules can give a boost to your immune system. they can be found at health food stores

laura_loz's avatar

is this vodka thing for real?

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