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These last few days Tori’s been exhibiting some of the first signs of a fall cold, including sneezing and lightly coughing. I feel blessed that with Tori’s new school we’ve already seen about a third of the school-related viruses already (this time last year she’d been sick three times already) because of the much smaller class size (I think, anyway) so that’s been great.
But now I feel like I’m catching a cold too. Not so great.
I’m a big believer in taking medications when I have a cold. It drives me nuts when I see reports on the local or national news that says, “Take medications doesn’t shorten the duration of a cold…” because, well, DUH – does anyone really believe that taking something for your cold is going to make the cold go away? Viruses just have to do their thing and go, no hurrying it up available (although you know, of course, that rest and fluids will at least keep it from hanging on LONGER).
But taking cold meds when you’re sick MAKES COLDS SUCK LESS WHILE THEY ARE HAPPENING. Sure you’re only treating the symptoms but I have the choice to stop endlessly sneezing so I can sleep, hell yeah I’m taking a medication for it.
So I’m ready to stock up on our supplies for the cold season, and since you all already know I’ve been partnered with Walgreens for a bit, you know I’ll be going there to get my favorite stuff – with my Balance Rewards card in hand, of course.
I’m a big believer in getting store-brand stuff rather than buying name brand. It’s just the smart (and frugal) thing to do, and in all my years of using store-brand stuff I’ve never seen any difference in the results. So here are a few of the things I plan to get for my cold.
Obviously, you need to take tons of Vitamin C when you get a cold. My mother ingrained this in me since I was tiny. Sometimes when I’m at the point of a cold where I can’t taste or smell anything I’ll actually suck on the Vitamin C pills just for the sourness of it all.
Couldn’t find a picture of the Walgreens version of this, but this is my absolute favorite cold medicine. I just love the fizz, and it works super fast.
This is the bronchitis-prone person’s best friend.
Even though it annoys the living crap out of me that I have to get my driver’s license scanned to buy this shit, I do it anyway, because there is NOTHING better for bad nasal congestion.
I don’t care if it eats a hole in your nose. WHATEVER! When I can no longer take being unable to breathe out of my nose, this becomes critical. (Also, I’ll confess – I’ve used a diluted saline version (10:1) for Tori when it’s really bad, and it’s been a lifesaver).
So, what’s your favorite cold season rescue med? I’ll take any and all suggestions (achoo!).
I was compensated for this post, but it’s all true! I swear!