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>> No. 2963 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 12:53 pm
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I have recently quite smoking, and I've only just begun to notice I have a really wheezy, mucus filled chest/lungs.

I went on a run and I'm wheezing and gremying all over the place.

I've seen this product, and I'm wondering if it would be safe to use long-term, or if anyone has any experiences with it?
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>> No. 2964 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 12:56 pm
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I'm also going to pick up some ginger green tea. Supposedly it helps clear the airwaves and brings stuff up. If anyone else has anyone else has any suggestions that would be great too, cheers.
>> No. 2965 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 1:02 pm
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I think it's normal to experience a few weeks of coughing muck after quitting. My observations are anecdotal, but running regularly (once or twice a week) helped speed along the process for me when I stopped smoking a few years ago.

I wouldn't advise becoming reliant on any medication.
>> No. 2966 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 1:16 pm
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That's because your cilia (little hairs that keep your lungs clean) are growing back, OP. It's a good sign.
>> No. 2967 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 4:46 pm
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I think hot chilli sauce is great for shifting stubborn phlegm. If I had a cup-a-soup with about a tablespoon's worth in, the phlegm would just come straight up.
>> No. 2968 Anonymous
14th March 2015
Saturday 6:11 pm
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>I have recently quite smoking

Oh, lad.

Anyway, you could always use honey, lemon, and ginger in hot water. That works a treat- shove some tick tock in there if you find it a little boring. As has been said, it's entirely normal because your body is adjusting to the fact you don't fill it with poison on a daily basis. You may also get some ulcers and it's nothing to be alarmed about.

Literally, in two or three weeks you'll be fine.
>> No. 2969 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 9:30 am
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There is no expectorant which works as intended. Nothing you can buy over a counter will work to speed up recovery from a cough.

The only reasons why drugs such as this are continued to be sold is partly because the use very careful wording (i.e. "thins and loosens"), and partly because most of the drugs sold as expectorants are older than many of the laws controlling the sale of medications.

All that Guaifenesin does is stimulate your lungs into producing more mucus, yes that's more. When you take a cough medicine such as this the effect is that your lungs produce lots of extra watery phlegm, you start coughing that up and it makes you think "look at all this extra phlegm I'm coughing up, it must be working".
Unfortunately as long as you keep taking the cough medicine, your lungs will continue producing lots of phlegm, and so you never actually recover as the medicine is causing the symptoms that they imply it's curing.

Levomenthol on the other hand, is just there to soothe your throat, it can actually cause you to cough less, and when you cough less you stop clearing as much mucus. Hence levomenthol can also cause the symptoms to linger for longer.
>> No. 2970 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 2:58 pm
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Yep, it's normal. Just bear with it and try normal remedies for coughs and sore throats. It'll pass in a few weeks.
>> No. 2971 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 7:25 pm
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Might as well ask here, since it's about. First signs of a throat/chest infection today. What's the best way to ward the bastard off before it can really take hold?

Considering gargling a TCP solution or something.
>> No. 2972 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 7:36 pm
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> Considering gargling a TCP solution or something.

That generally works to fend off the immediate throat soreness but won't do much about the actual infection. Sadly, not much will beyond food, sleep and hydration.
>> No. 2973 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 8:06 pm
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Eat plenty of foods with fresh, crushed garlic, cooked as little as possible. You can also buy garlic supplements with a concentrated form of the main active compound.
It's remarkably effective as both an anti-viral and anti-bacterial, there really is nothing more powerful other than prescription drugs.
>> No. 2974 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 8:07 pm
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Would just swallowing cloves work? I am serious. I hate getting sick.
>> No. 2975 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 8:19 pm
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Whole cloves? Maybe if you can get them down your throat, but I believe it has to be crushed to release the active chemicals. You could mash some and eat that, if you can stand the aftertaste.

(There is little hard evidence that garlic will prevent a cold or cure it faster, but the evidence and theory is at least stronger than most purported cures)
>> No. 2976 Anonymous
15th March 2015
Sunday 8:39 pm
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Just ground a couple of cloves up with a motar and pestle, put it in a mug full of warm water, left for a moment and then necked it. I'll do this over the next few days.

Going to have to brush my teeth thoroughly.
>> No. 2977 Anonymous
16th March 2015
Monday 11:56 pm
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You also want to try and cram as much zinc and vit C-containing foods as possible into your diet for the next 3 days, drink plenty of fluids and get good quality rest. Lots of spinach, and/or immune-supporting supplements if you want. I sometimes eat vit C pills because they're chewy and taste like orange sweets. Consider starting your day with a green smoothie for the spinach with lots of fresh ginger accompanied with a nice seedy granola or oatmeal (pumpkin seeds and sesame are especially high in zinc) and treat yourself to nice steak or lamb chop for dinner with butter beans or green peas on the side.
>> No. 2978 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 5:10 am
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Definitely good advice, and for once I'm ahead of the game. Seedy porridge has been my go-to breakfast for months, I've been popping vit C + zinc sweets every day, and spinach is one of my favourite veggies. Tomorrow I'm going to devour a few kiwifruits along with my weird garlic drink. I've also managed to get a hold of some ginger tea which I'm eager to try.

It's not really a fair reference, but a family member had this same virus and was floored for at last a week. I think I'll manage the worst of it over two or three days, and I also managed a light gym session, too.

Unfortunately my sleeping is being broken up by a need to piss at this exact time every morning.

The body is an interesting thing.
>> No. 2979 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 5:39 am
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Unfortunately the whole "vitamin c is good for colds" thing is largely a myth.

>> No. 2980 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 8:21 am
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What about zinc? I've read that there's some tentative new evidence about good doses of zinc helping to bolster the immune system.
>> No. 2981 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 2:47 pm
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That's a shame, but at least it prevents rickets. Can't hurt, right?

They're just so damn tasty.
>> No. 2982 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 3:57 pm
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There's a fair amount of anecdotal evidence that supplementing zing and magnesium improve the quality of sleep, possibly because a lot of us are (allegedly) somewhat deficient in both of them. I say anecdotal because I'm fairly sure there were studies done somewhere but I'm buggered if I can remember where. Maybe google about for "zma sleep study" or something (if anyone even cares).


To be fair, even if the "dose up on vit C and it'll nip your cold in the bud" thing is mainly untrue there's a lot to be said on eating well to keep your immune system up and get you feeling better and healthier generally, and especially when you're sick.
>> No. 2983 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 6:06 pm
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My newly-discovered favourite meal when I get a cold is a spicy Chana dhal.

Garlic, ginger and tumeric are all claimed to be some of the best foods there are for the immune system. Chilli really helps clear your sinuses too if they're blocked up, for a while at least.

A lentil dhal is just generally more nutritious than the traditional comfort food soup. Especially if you add extra vegetables like spinach.
>> No. 2984 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 6:12 pm
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Alright, thanks all, sounds like it's something to avoid.

What then, is the best way for me to clear myself? I'm keeping up the running. I've started drinking ginger tea, long showers. I suppose just time.
>> No. 2985 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 9:52 pm
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You might want to get one of those apps on your phone that tell you how long it's been and what is changing in your body. There's not a lot for you to do really; just wait while your body adjusts.

You should find that running gets easier and that your sense of taste and smell 'sharpen' after about 3 weeks. There's not a lot you can do to hurry this, but it is a lot nicer to wake up feeling more energetic and to have better semen.
>> No. 2986 Anonymous
17th March 2015
Tuesday 10:06 pm
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Neti pots are great for flushing out sinuses. I think I got mine for about £4 inc P+P off Amazon.

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