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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.

116. My own cold’s progress day 3

Vaseline petroleum jelly is a great balm for your nose and lips when you have a runny nose.

Vaseline petroleum jelly is a great balm for your nose and lips when you have a runny nose.

Continued from Day 2

 

 

I’m learning so much from becoming a quasi-hypocondriac, self absorbed in

studying every aspect of my current rhinovirus.

I came up with a couple of new tips too!

So, as you may notice, this is the 3d day of my apparent viral infection. Therefore my claim about getting better in 1-2 days is not working, is it? Well, I cannot guarantee the course of anybody’s health, there are wayyyyy too many factors to make a guarantee.

And in the case of cold viruses. Significantly, there are over 200 types of cold viruses and they each may behave differently, plus they are often mutating (which I do not yet understand).

So, it doesn’t mean I’m wrong, it can mean that this is a stronger strain of the virus, or I was overtired….or something…

But at any rate, I promise to be honest about the progress, whether it makes me look good or bad on this blog.

New Tip #1  A heating pad. I found our old one in the cupboard, turned it on high and slept with it on my chest and throat all night.  Felt really good!

our house is heated unevenly, so living room tends to get overheated and my bedroom is cooler. And I seem to be that way too, lately I’m spending a lot of time alternating between too cold, and putting on more layers of clothing, drinking more hot drinks, and then all of a sudden I break a sweat and have to throw it all off..

New Tip #2 Smear your nose and upper lip with vaseline petroleum jelly before it gets raw from blowing your nose.

The first day my virus was just a tickly sore cough in my chest, now yesterday it turned into a runny nose, and occasional coughs. And now I’m going through the kleenexes. With more runny nose after I drink more hot teas. This is flushing the virus out, though. so its good.

But Vaseline prevents that rawness around the nose, and is generally good for my dry skin too. (also helps with hair coloring treatments to prevent color stains on the skin.)

 

109. Happy New Year Mompreneurs (part 2)

Continued from Part 1

(reposting from my guest blog on Word of Mom Radio with Host Dori DeCarlo.

I will be interviewed live on January 17, 11 a.m. PST,  (2 p.m. EST) please call into speak with host Dori DeCarlo and me about your common cold stories!!

Radio show call in # (646) 595-3163

 

From our review of all the research studies done on all the common cold remedies, studied by our mainstream medical science, there is one important element that has been shown to be the most effective in getting over a cold as fast as possible.

Instead of the 1-2 weeks duration that most doctors now predict your cold will last, people who follow these methods get better in 1-2 DAYS!

AND the same methods are echoed in remedies used by many cultures around the world, as I am finding in my interviews of international scholars for my book on the common cold global remedies.

YOU SHOULD DO THESE FIRST:

  • UNDERSTAND how a cold virus works.. that Cold viruses thrive at COLD temperature so fight them off with the opposite–warmth & steam!

    green tea

    drink lots of HOT green tea, black tea, herbal, or coffee, bullion, whatever you like…the magic ingredient is the HOT part!

  • Sip a toasty warm drink—tea, soup, hot water, anything warm!
  • Take two hot steamy showers a day!
  • Wrap a scarf over your nose and mouth when you are in cold air.
  • Turn your bedroom heat up at night.

 

for more tips  see my website www.TheDoctorsWife.info

And next, after you have taken care of the urgent symptoms, you need to really build your immune system long term to be strong to fight of this and future cold viruses.

So here is another set of four quick tips for you to DO RIGHT NOW to start building your Four Pillars of Health for preventing and reducing common colds. (I’ll explain why below)

 

 CONTINUED ON PART 3