I am tired of mishandling this area and wasting time languishing in the cold and stopping life (although, of course, I need to rest). I notice that when I am in a "diminished state" and distracted by the physical, I lost my ambition and don't think very well. Therefore, I am setting this system up!
INSTANT REFERENCE - COLDS - Right away! (Print this one part; highlight then print "selected".)
__ "Cold Kit" - set it up ahead of time, with the instructions in it; in a box or drawer.
__ Medicate, stop the suffering: Headache, body pain, stuffiness, cough (don't leave out any)
__ Combination medicines, Daytime and Nighttime or
__ Your own combining: ___ Headache: Ibuprofen or Tylenol; ___ Clear throat; guaifenesin
(expectorant); ____ Cough, clear throat: dextromethorphan (keep throat clear), liquid and
cough drops supply; ___ Antihistamine: Cetirizine Hydrochloride (generic Zyrtec) or
Chlorpheniramine; ___ Decongestant (clear sinuses; Sudafed, red)
___ Lots of water (at least two quarts)
___ Lemonade, without sugar (especially for sore throat).
___ Chicken broth
___ 2 apples, banana
___ Vitamin C 10,000 mg and double multivitamin, betaglucan, garlic, Vit. D (and sunshine)
___ Eat very balanced, snacks every two hours; low fat, as fat inhibits immune system
___ Activity, flow (get it moving)
___ Walk/move: At least 5 minute walk, slower on treadmill (read a book), many times/day
___ Stretching (even if just a little), 2, 3, or 4 times; ___ bounce your body, letting arms flop
___ Throat: ___ Zinc lozenges; ___ Gargle, often with teaspoon of salt, very warm water
___ Hot bath, showers
___ Nasal flow: ___ Rinse (Netipot or sniff warm salt water from a tablespoon);
___ Hot soaked face towel over sinus areas; ___ Steam facial device
___ Sunning (or just sit in sun for 15 minutes)
___ Rest well (especially naps)
___ Prevention,of infection or re-infection
___ Wash hands and face frequently!; ___ Disinfect or change as soon as possible:
___Toothbrushes and ___water glasses; ___ Alternate pillows daily so that accumulated
viruses have a chance to die. (Spray pillows with disinfectant.)
Depending on the specific germ, the incubation period is between 12 hours and 5 days, usually 48 hours.
To answer your question, the common cold is "contagious" between 24 hours before onset of symptoms until 5 days after onset.
Sinus Cleanse: Waterpik's Water Pulsator (battery operated, maximum cleanse) - Be sure to use SinuSense™ at least one hour before going to bed. A slight nasal drip can occur shortly after any sinus washing, and it’s better to have it drip into a tissue than down the back of your throat while you’re trying to get to sleep.
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses (The 3% kind from the local grocery store)
Hydrogen Peroxide is described as an effective anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal agent.
Toothpaste and Toothbrush soak.
Use a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water and spray into nostrils whenever you have a cold or clogged sinuses. It will bubble and help kill bacteria. Hold in nose for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue. (fill an empty nasal spray bottle with this 50/50 solution).