@thismyusername I at these like (as) candy in elementary school. They had a rule that kids couldn’t eat candy in school, but “cough drops” were a-ok. Cough cough… Guess I need another cand-- cough drop.
@squishybrain I am not a “homeopathic” kind of girl, but I live and die by cold-eeze. The double-blind, placebo-controlled studies sold me on it initially. The fact that it works amazingly keeps me coming back for more (and fighting through the metal taste). It’s a miracle “drug.” I estimate it reduces the duration of my colds by 50%-60% and the severity by a whopping 80%+. Great stuff.
@heidiporn The irony is that Cold-eeze claims that they are homeopathic when they aren’t at all. Homeopathic medicines should have virtually no active ingredients because the absurd dilution ratios homeopathy demands.
I suspect that their marketing department is trying to take advantage of folks gullibility. As long as it works, is cheap and safe I’m good with it.
Re: metalic taste: That shows it’s working While it’s not certain why zinc works to reduce cold symptoms, some have conjectured that the zinc molecules attach themselves to the same sites a cold virus would, preventing the cold virus from infecting as many cells and allowing your immune system to respond to fewer invaders. Since the zinc coats your throat and most colds take hold in the throat first, the infection is reduced. Most of the symptoms of a cold are due to the bodies immune system killing infected cells. With fewer cells infected, there’s less damage done to the throat lining thus fewer symptoms with less severity.
@thismyusername Shouldn’t do anything to your smell unless you’re squirting it up your nose. Cold-eeze used to offer a nasel spray with zinc but they stopped when it was found out that applying it that way could permanently cause loss of smell. The current version of Cold-eeze nasal spray contains no zinc so it’s worthless (basically it’s a placebo). The throat lozenges do work though. FYI While I use the brand name, the generic versions of zinc gluconate lozenges work just as well
@heidiporn Forgot to mention, for those that are considering trying zinc tablets, make sure you start the zinc as soon as you feel symptoms. Within the first day or two is best. Waiting too long will mean that the virus will have gained too strong a foothold in the nose and lungs. zinc can’t help much once that happens.
@squishybrain The explanation of how/why it works is interesting. Never heard how it slows the replication of the cold virus. And yup, I try to take it the second I’m 80% certain it’s a cold.
Last year I got this cough thing. Didn’t occur to me it could be a cold, because my colds always start with the “I swallowed tempered glass shards” sore throat. Well, this was an anomaly. Got a full-on, miserable cold that lasted 15 days. Somewhere in the middle of that, I got a separate cold with different symptoms. Started taking zinc, and that sucker was done before the first one. And was of course much milder.
Back to the “coating” theory - I have bought generic 2X zinc “meltaways” that go much quicker but still seem to work as well. The thing I tell people when I am proselytizing in the name of coldeeze (in addition to 24-48 hours) is to flip the box over and look at the amount of zinc in the product. Even coldeeze sells some voodoo crap with half the zinc and a bunch of useless vitamin c.
If I could find some Ricola Pearls (the original ones, the gummies), that would be greaaaat. They taste like some vegan nightmare concoction of grass, wood chips and questionable herbs, but do a really great job of numbing the pain. The new ones that taste like candy don’t work nearly as well.
Ex-MIL’s remedy of Hot Lemon Tea, or more accurately, hot lemonade. Fresh lemons with pulp and rind (cuts mucus) lots of sugar (coats throat) water. Make it strong like Navy coffee. Heat to simmer. Sip as hot as tolerable. Remove rind if you make extra so it doesn’t get bitter. Guaranteed to soothe the pain and even temporarily give your voice back. Repeat as necessary. Robitussin DM or any OTC with guafenesin and dextromethorphan to quiet cough. Extra fluids, acetaminophen.
I have too much tea in the cabinet so that is always a go to with a good dose of honey added. Soup helps. Have resorted to ice cream before and as long as the stomach is feeling good, it works super good.
Gargle Listerine to kill infection. Use Sucrets to dull pain. Drink citrusey ginger tea for comfort and healing properties. That said, sore throats rarely last long enough to require treatment. I sometimes get a mild sore throat at bedtime that presages an incoming cold or flu. It’s my perception that whatever sponsors the incoming illness (virus, bacteria, germs, whatever) takes up residence in my throat first before spreading to the rest of my body. Whether I’m right or just superstitious, blasting with Airborne, Vitamins B, C, & D, and ruthlessly gargling with Listerine seems to drive it off about half the time. Either way, whether I get sick or not, when I wake in the morning the sore throat is almost always gone.
If I have flu-like symptoms and trouble sleeping? The “Hot Toddy” with your choice of strong dark liquor is always fun. It’s the only time and excuse we get to drink them. Might as well have a little fun! Plus you avoid putting any medication (chemicals) in your body! (For you health nuts!)
I can’t believe I didn’t see Hall’s Mentholyptus cough drops here. I don’t use anything else when I get a cold. It’s three way acting, it clears your nose so you can breath, sooths sore throat and keeps coughs at bay. It’s the greatest stuff.
Singers and actors all have their own weird throat remedies, and mine is particularly weird. My ONE WEIRD TRICK, if you will. I dissolve a packet of EmergenC into a cup of hot water, then steep a Throat Coat tea bag in it for about 5 minutes. Then I stir in honey, lemon juice, and a tiny bit of cayenne pepper and turmeric. Doesn’t taste awful, but it certainly tastes odd. Works though! I’ve performed through a lot of colds.
I got a horrific cold the first winter working in Tokyo. A Japanese roomie cooked up a traditional remedy and this is what I remember: a lot of ginger root sliced up, a dash of soy sauce, daikon (large Japanese radish) sliced up boiled in water and drank as hot as possible. It probably had honey but I don’t remember - I have tried looking this up but can’t find this remedy.
It was really horribly tasting but made me sweat while a slept and when I woke up was 100% cured. I should have asked about the ingredients … I do remember there was a lot of fresh ginger root!