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SB Colds?
updated: Aug 14, 2014, 1:51 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

About 2 weeks ago my Husband came down with a nasty cold. Within days our whole household had it (and still does). No big surprise there since we're all under the same roof, but It seems a little early for the end- of-summer cold that typically goes around here, and this cold was far worse than any we've experienced in recent years. Just wondering if any other edhatters have or are experiencing something similar. We're all healthy adults (us and our adult kids here) so we're not prone to catching whatever little bug is going around.

Not to worry, we have been very responsible about NOT spreading this on. We've been hunkered down at home with the hand sanitizer and Lysol. And you can't catch it from this post, LOL! Just looking for constructive input about our area and what others are experiencing.

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 COMMENT 544548 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 01:57 PM

I work in a doctors office....its going around. Hope you feel better soon :)


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 02:10 PM

Are severe muscle pain involved? I've been sneezing off and on heard others doing the same.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 02:14 PM

Our daughter and her family have colds; summer colds are especially nasty.


 COMMENT 544572 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 02:26 PM

Is that what this is??? GAH! Blech! It hit two days ago. Sneeze, cough, runny nose, headache...


 COMMENT 544579 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 02:35 PM

Not here yet but unfortunately, I catch everything. Oh joy!
Thanks for the heads up.


 COMMENT 544589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 02:57 PM

I think that the lack of rain is an issue for sure! Feeling lousy myself and yesterday a neighbor was using chemicals or something that made it hard to breathe but we couldn't track down the source.


 COMMENT 544598 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 03:17 PM

Be sure it is not the environment within the house that has you sick. Happens around here with mold sometimes and some folks get really sick from it.
Try leaving the house for a day and go to the beach or wherever, and see if you feel better.
Sick building syndrome is a very real thing that can happen at home as well as at work.
Look it up.


 COMMENT 544625 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 04:41 PM

If your husband works in the music industry, he may have contracted the Rubella virus and infected the entire household. I would google the symptoms and seek professional medical help immediately.


 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 05:13 PM

I've had this cruddy thing for a week now. You're not sick enough to go to bed, but you still feel semi-wretched. I'd say that the only thing that helps the symptoms is a stiff jolt (or two) of alcohol, but since I don't want to encourage anyone to get hammered, I won't say it. (But I'm sure you get the idea).


 COMMENT 544645P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 05:29 PM

OP here, thanks for the input. Symptoms are coughing/serious sinus congestion, extreme pressure in the face and ears, and general fatigue. All four of us had one day during its cycle where we simply couldn't get out of bed (leave that one alone those of you with nothing better to do, we all got sick at different times). Definitely on the mend now, but boy what a week!

@625, awwww was it that obvious? LOL!


 COMMENT 544653P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 05:38 PM

@ 598, very good suggestion about checking for environmental causes. We've known several friends here in town that became extremely ill from mold in their rental properties. For them, the recovery took a couple of YEARS because it took a long time for them to figure out what exactly was causing their symptoms. 3 days ago we sent in dust samples from our house to be tested for mold, just in case. It is everywhere here in SB, but it can be far worse for your health if its in your walls/flooring. It has been very dry this year, however, so I'm more inclined to think this is a cold.


 COMMENT 544678 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:32 PM

My young sister just died. Please be happy that you are alive.


 COMMENT 544680 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:34 PM

Yes, it has been going around work and I caught it as well. Still recovering. Been over a week now. I agree with Rex - the Vodka has helped.


 COMMENT 544705 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 09:04 PM

My mini-me (age 5) has been completely rocked by this starting last Sunday morning. Symptoms in this order: gnarly sore throat, fever, malaise, phlegm (cough, nose). Turning corner starting yesterday. I had it at the start of June.


 COMMENT 544715P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 10:43 PM

Thank goodness you're not dying. Antibiotic resistance is going to get us, already is. Please don't insist on antibiotics for a viral sickness like a cold, and ask a doc to test you for what is causing your illness if it turns really bad or lasts for more than 2 weeks. if it is bacterial, they can prescribe one that works on the bug. Get well soon!


 COMMENT 544721P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 12:22 AM

OP here: Thanks @715, excellent point to make about antibiotics! My Husband chose to take that route but it didn't help in the long run, the cold just ran its course anyway, namely because he struggles with sinus infection and most of his colds turn into that. I took a different route the morning that it seemed my cold was also going the way of a sinus infection, and I used Sudafed spray. It's been four days since I used it, and although it provided relief that day, I have had no sense of smell or taste since then. Zero. Tomorrow will be day five. I'm pretty worried actually. In 46 years I've never lost my sense of taste and smell for more than a day. It's either this mega-cold or Sudafed. We'll see. Thanks everybody, good posts.


 COMMENT 544738 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 07:45 AM

I don't know if you ever use a neti pot, but they kin of look like strangely shaped mini tea pots, and you use them to put warm saline through your sinuses. Hey work very well. Using it in conjunction with gargling with warm salt water, can work wonders on colds. Just FYI.


 COMMENT 544744 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 08:12 AM

I had been out of town for the last 10 days and was hit with this upon arriving home Wednesday. Chills, slight fever, sinus congestion and muscle aches. I too thought something like this in August was strange. Particularly when I have a heavy travel schedule and never seem to not get anything significant all year long! Glad to know its "common" and hope everyone who are experiencing this feel better soon! And I second the neti pot!


 COMMENT 544747P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 08:22 AM

Change your kitchen sponges every couple of weeks, sterilize your toothbrush with peroxide or alcohol soak once in awhile.


 COMMENT 544750 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 08:37 AM

Me, too, and I haven't had a cold for years. The cashier at CVS said that the three customers before me were also buying products for colds/flu.


 COMMENT 544756 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 08:52 AM

I got it 7/20 with a sore throat. next day I felt ache and that night my temp was 101.3. it then moved to my chest and became a cough and runny nose for days. After two weeks I got some antibiotics from the Dr. The first ones didnt work but the second set did help. Took a total of 3 weeks and a day to get completely over it.


 COMMENT 544757 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 08:54 AM

You don't get colds from kitchen sponges or your own toothbrush, no matter how cruddy they are.


 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 09:47 AM

678, I am so sorry about your sister. Of course, you are right....


 COMMENT 544795 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 10:11 AM

Most colds are due to a virus invader. Vitamin C destroys virus particles. My wife and I take 500 mg of Vitamin C twice daily and Never get colds or flu!
Try this dose 3X per day for treatment and I would expect a good result.


 COMMENT 544811 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 10:30 AM

Please don't give fraudulent/untrue medical advice. Vitamin C does not destroy "virus particles" and taking 1-1.5g of C per day isn't going to keep you from getting sick.


 COMMENT 544812 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 10:34 AM

This is the formula that usually works for us.....1 packet of Emergen-C 3X daily also 2 Alka Seltzer per day plus as much water w/lemon or green tea w/honey as you can comfortably drink.

Emergen-C has 1000 mg vitamin C per packet plus electrolytes which need replacing when you have a fever. If 3000 mg C is too much for your system just take what you can comfortably handle.

Hope you all feel better soon!


 COMMENT 544819P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 11:00 AM

Being that I have a child and a husband both in the schools, I usually get hit with 1 or 2 colds (7-10 day duration) a year but this year I got one in May and that was my 3rd for the school year...I was actually feeling pretty lucky at that time because we were planning a big anniversary vacation in July so I thought that there would be no way I could get sick AGAIN for vacay...until I got hit with #4 the first week of July!! Went anyway and had a great time but thought I might burst an eardrum when the plane landed! UCH. Worst cold year EVER!! There must be a lot of different viruses going around...


 COMMENT 544829P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 11:28 AM

I was in a department store last weekend and saw not one, but two separate people leisurely shopping through the women's clothes, each with an obvious and desperate need for a tissue they did not have. Snuffle, snuffle, back of hand wipe, and into the clothes racks again. Didn't need anything THAT badly, so I left. Some folks just don't care.

But yeah, something is going around. I appreciate that you stay home and take care of yourself OP!


 COMMENT 544843 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 11:51 AM

29P Couldn't agree more about not exposing others to your cold/virus. How do you know that the frail senior citizen or young child you exposed might not end up in the hospital with a life threatening illness.

Can't think of anything more selfish than going out exposing others when you are sick and obviously contagious.


 COMMENT 544848 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 12:10 PM

to 544811: Please do yourself a favor and read Linus Pauling's book on this subject. Obviously you need to.
To deride someone who has not had colds in his family for decades and who used to bring distemper cats and dogs back from deaths door with I V doses of Vit C is to say, at the very least, presumptuous . I used Vitamin C for over 40 years in my thriving pet practice! Please inform me as to how much experience you have with it. Or is that beneath your amazing intellect!


 COMMENT 544861 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 12:24 PM

My sister came down with a horrible cold; we've had a lot of visitors in town a couple of weeks ago, strangers brought the virus in.


 COMMENT 544888P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 01:29 PM

One of my co-workers sure had it - fortunately I didn't get it! Lots of disinfectant wiping going on here.


 COMMENT 544913 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 02:22 PM

DRBUD you are right on......too bad human doctors aren't as well informed.

I am reading Maureen Salaman's book and in it she tells how her husband's arm was saved after he got bacterial infection from a cat bite. IV antibiotics were not effective so she had him started on IV vitamin C which did the trick and cleared the bacterial infection.

People will believe what they want to though in spite of credible research when it comes to natural therapies.


 COMMENT 544927 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 02:55 PM

Thank you 544113. It is really nice to know there are folks out there who keep an open mind!


 COMMENT 544929P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 02:58 PM

From WebMD

Vitamin C is required for the proper development and function of many parts of the body. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper immune function.

Historically, vitamin C was used for preventing and treating scurvy. Scurvy is now relatively rare, but it was once common among sailors, pirates, and others who spent long periods of time onboard ships. When the voyages lasted longer than the supply of fruits and vegetables, the sailors began to suffer from vitamin C deficiency, which led to scurvy.

These days, vitamin C is used most often for preventing and treating the common cold. Some people use it for other infections including gum disease, acne and other skin infections, bronchitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, stomach ulcers caused by bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, tuberculosis, dysentery (an infection of the lower intestine), and skin infections that produce boils (furunculosis). It is also used for infections of the bladder and prostate.

Some people use vitamin C for depression, thinking problems, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, physical and mental stress, fatigue, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Other uses include increasing the absorption of iron from foods and correcting a protein imbalance in certain newborns (tyrosinemia).

There is some thought that vitamin C might help the heart and blood vessels. It is used for hardening of the arteries, preventing clots in veins and arteries, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Vitamin C is also used for glaucoma, preventing cataracts, preventing gallbladder disease, dental cavities (caries), constipation, Lyme disease, boosting the immune system, heat stroke, hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, infertility, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), autism, collagen disorders, arthritis and bursitis, back pain and disc swelling, cancer, and osteoporosis.

Additional uses include improving physical endurance and slowing aging, as well as counteracting the si... [ more ]


 COMMENT 544940 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-15 03:27 PM

My husband has this cold and has been sick for two days. But he's working tonight (as a server at a local restaurant). Too bad they don't give paid days off to employees.


 COMMENT 545129 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-16 10:52 AM

To 544929. Thank you so much for your input that showed the wide uses Vitamin C can be put to.


 COMMENT 545275 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-17 02:58 AM

@DRBUD, thanks for the advice, we are on the vit C 3x per day. It's a stubborn virus so we're not out of the woods yet but the VC does seem to give a good lift for a few hours of needed energy.


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