How to deal with colds

  • Stuffy nose: pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), oxymetazoline (Afrin)
  • Sinus headache: pseudoephedrine, acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Cough: guaifenesin (Mucinex), dextromethorphan (Robitussin)
  • Nausea: pepto bismol, metamucil (make sure to drink enough water!)
  • General: cardio exercise, flu shot, sleep
  • strong analgesics: too easy to cover up symptoms, get addicted, or replace brain pain with brain fog
  • nyquil/dayquil: I’d rather control the ingredients myself
  • zinc nasal sprays: I completely lost my sense of smell and taste for a week
  • vitamins: not supported by any studies I’ve read
  • bloodletting and magical incantations: too effective



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