- Viruses don't make the symptoms - bradykinins (making runny mucus, congestion, and sore throats) and cytokines (inducing "fever, headache, muscle ache and loss of appetite") do.
- Only about 25% of colds are symptomatic.
- To make yourself less susceptible, try for at least 8 hours of sleep (my body clock apparently hates me and ensures that the most I ever get is 7.5) and lots of vitamin D. Keep your nose covered, too, to prevent it from getting cold and thus allowing viruses to replicate.
- Avoid stress. Duh.
- Stuff that works: "acetaminophen, hot drinks and decongestant sprays."
- Stuff that doesn't: cough medicines and "vitamin C, nasal zinc or echinacea."
- Listen to your body; do what it allows you to do, and no more.
- (I didn't know this!) Colds are apparently less contagious than one would think, but do stay away from children, a.k.a. "little bags of viruses."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Uncommon ways to deal with...
...the common cold. There's one going around where I am right now; here are helpful hints and factoids from the article.