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World's Best Advice for your Common Cold!

126. How long after a cold are you contagious?

In the washroom at my social dance class last night two women were LOUDLY commenting on the inconsiderate people who come to the class while they are sick.

Since I’ve just gotten over a cold, I’m especially considering the issue of exactly when are we still contagious and when are we ok to socialize again without passing on the infection?

I believe I am  basically over my last cold, but I must say , the last little dribs and drabs of cough did kind of hang on for several days, even though I feel back to basic good health again.

My energy is back, I’m getting back in shape with exercise and dancing, but  for several days there was still a tickle of it in my throat. I think its just a residual irritation from having had a cough for this past week.

I’ve heard a range of advice from the medical literature. you are infectious one to 2 days after your cold ends? But cold symptoms are so variable in duration and intensity, its sometimes hard to tell just exactly when it ends.

Dr Bob advises that when you are still coughing and sneezing you are infectious, when you have stopped coughing and sneezing, you are no longer contagious.

And I think that at the end of a cold s ometimesyou still have the cough reflex just from the residual irritation of your past infection, even after  you’ve fought it off.

Normally most people may cough or sneeze a few times a day.  So if the basic advice is that if we are coughing and sneezing we are contagious, once that is over we are not spreading the virus germs anyway, and are probably free of the illness, even if there is an occasional cough.

I’m not coughing or sneezing anymore, except perhaps a few times a day. So I feel quite ready to get back to my normal activities to get my health strong again

But still, I’m trying to be very considerate to not spread any possible leftover germs around.  I’m being careful not to breathe on my partners, keep a good social distance, and wash my hands frequently.  And I hope others do the same for me as well.

And I’m still keeping myself and especially my upper airways as warm as possible to get rid of any last bits of the virus entirely.

I also just stocked up on some very good new soups! Spanish Chicken Kale & Rice, chicken tortilla soup, and little super-healthy veggie souffles, microwaveable and yummy topped with salsa.

Illness or not, they are good for my body and soul!

For your happy healthy life.

79. American College of Emergency Physicians Guide to Cold and Flu

REPOST from Press Release by the American College of Emergency Physicians, THE primary institution for ER physicians

They are one of the main group of physicians with the most experience on the front lines of the zombie apocalypse of patients coming in with common colds,  along with  to Family Practice and Pediatricians. The advice is good, except for the missing HEAT factor, which is not commonly realized amongst ER physicians, In fact, they think it was disproven, but I say it was NOT. 

Warm still matters.


breath o life

Is it a COLD or is it the FLU?  Cold and flu season is blowing our way again!


By American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2012 — The Nation’s Emergency Physicians Want You To Know The Difference Between Them and What You Can Do To Stay Healthy
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As temperatures go down, remember that the threat of the common cold and influenza traditionally rises.  The nation’s emergency physicians want to make sure you know the difference between the two and what, if anything, you can do to prevent from getting either.  Prevention is key. Get your influenza vaccination.


“It’s hard to escape the common cold or the flu,” said Dr. Andrew Sama, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. “It can be even more difficult telling their symptoms apart at times.”


75. Common Sense for Common Cold not so Common

A middle-aged, obese patient came in the Emergency Room. His chief complaints were, after watching TV all day sitting in a chair at home he had swollen ankles and wheezing.

Watching TV in a cold room resulted in swollen ankles, not heart failure. Deficiency of common sense was the main problem in this case

The doctor who saw him did a variety of tests on him. Total costs were probably more than $1000 for X-ray, EKG and lab tests. Results were all normal.

So the doctor gave him prescriptions for treatments of pneumonia, asthma AND heart failure, just to make sure all the possibile ailments were covered.

The patient went home, followed the doctor’s instructions and took the prescriptions for a week. He took the diuretic pills to alleviate excess water,. Antibiotic pills were for possible cold virus and an inhalers for possible asthma.

Eight days later the patient returned to the Emergency Room, no better. The next doctor  evaluated him and deduced he had a cold virus. Instead of sitting in a cold room taking diuretic pills, the second doctor advised the patient to use a warm steam vaporizer to get rid of his cold.

Most of what Emergency Room physicians do SHOULD be based on common sense. But wayyyyy too many doctors are underdeveloped in the Common Sense Department and rely heavily on technological tools: X-rays, CAT Scans, MRI’s,  pills, surgeries and other high tech remedies…. instead of starting with diagnosing the most obvious causes and treatments of ailments.

“Over and over and over we are told — don’t use chest X-ray for wheezing. Don’t use antibiotics for colds. But so many doctors keep ignoring it,” says Dr. Bob.