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Cold remedy from China

My friend Xing, an international Masters student in Computer Science, from Tongchuan, Shaanxi,  a small town in China. He is now working in tech industry in Silicon Valley

Xing tells me about his mother’s home common cold remedy :  drink lots of hot water and sleep under heavy blankets until you sweat.

Sounds warm & steamy to me! Thanks Xing!  — Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

<<I remember when I was a kid and when I had common cold, my mom usually asked me to drink tons of hot water and then go to bed with very thick blankets on me.

Literally I slept inside those big and thick blankets and I sweated a lot during the sleep. After maybe 8 or 10 hours’ sleep, I tend to be better from the cold.

But this is only for the cold part. If with fever, this is dangerous.

it’s very cold during the winter, like around 32 degrees, sometimes like around 15 degrees. I don’t remember how often I got cold when I was a kid. But my home, I think, is not warm enough. We used to burn the coal to warm the room. and that’s not very convenient. sometimes it’s too hot sometimes it’s too cold. during the time, the fire is gone and it’s cold.

Nowadays, I actually begin to eat lots of vitamins if I feel I am weak and on the edge of being sick. I think the vitamins actually helps, because I don’t eat any during normal time. So when I feel sick, my body may feel some difference with the vitamins and it actually make me avoid some cold. :)

I’m not sure how she found it. But I remember it’s pretty common that people did this. It’s sort of a common sense and I heard it when I was very little.

I think one reason is that lots of people did this and feel better. Another reason might come from the poverty. I remember at that time most people are very poor and this method actually doesn’t cost anything, which is good :)

I also remember when we (my friends from neighbor and I) had some small cuts, we just use sort of soil (very tiny soft soil like light yellow powder) on the cut to stop the bleed and speed up the heal. It helped and we did that all the time. But now I think it’s not very safe though… 😉

Maria asks: “Do dogs get a fever like people?”

Maria asks: “My dog [feels] hot do they get a fever like people and it looks like he has a running nose also.”

Maria, I just posted an article on whether dogs get colds (yes) and now I’m looking up about fevers specifically.

Fevers can be caused by many diseases, including similar ones to what we get. Cold viruses can cause mild fevers, but usually do not have high fevers. A high fever comes more often with influenza/the flu.

And remember a fever is one of the ways the body fights off disease, so it is not a bad thing in itself.

Here is a list of reasons a dog would have a fever

  • Infections (most commonly, bacterial, viral, parasites, and other microorganisms)
  • Immune-mediated
  • Tumors
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Miscellaneous inflammatory conditions
  • Various drugs
  • Various Toxins
  • Sometimes the exact cause can not be established (e.g., in fever of unknown origin)

If it goes on a while or your dog seem unusually sick. Take him to a veterinarian to have him checked.

Hope he gets better soon!

— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

113. My own cold’s progress (part 1)

COLD decongestant

This may stop your runny nose temporarily but that  prevents your immune system from fighting off the virus! So it makes you worse! Don’t take it.

Grrrrrr…. now I’m getting more mad.

I’ve been being good, staying home from my social dance for the 2nd night in a row (was realllllly looking forward to it) due to multiple factors, but mainly that my friends would not appreciate me coughing and sneezing on them during waltz. Oversharing the cold virus is just not attractive in a dance partner. :-( at least for those partner with whom I EVER want to dance again.

Also its heavy rain tonight, and I do have lots more work to get done, soooo… more good reasons to stay home. So maybe a few waltzed in my living room will help get me through

But as I am newly experiencing the un-lovely sensations of a cold virus… I’m realizing an important point that often trips people up in their cold care.

I have been dutifully keeping as warm as I comfortably can. And been drinking LOTS of hot drinks, mainly green adn black tea.  Yesterday the virus  was just a tickly cough but this afternoon it turned into a runny nose too!

What?????

Does this mean my advice does not work?

Important thing is realizing that the SYMPTOMS of a cold virus are NOT the cold virus!!!!

The symptoms are actually my IMMUNE SYSTEM fighting OFF the virus!

So people thinking their runny nose is the problem, don’t realize that…

CONTINUED IN PART 2