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Anyone have any miracle remedies for influenza like illnesses?

HalfMoon22HalfMoon22 69 replies4 threads Junior Member
edited December 2019 in College Confidential Cafe
I just read there’s a flu-like illness outbreak in 12 states. My D is in one of them and has been sick all week - gradually getting worse. Sounds exactly like influenza but no fever and she got the flu shot in October. She has finals this week😥 Other than all the usual remedies (ie Tylenol, Motrin, fluids, elderberry, chicken noodle soup, essential oils, tea, honey, vitamin C, mediation...), has anyone found something that can fight and or mask the symptoms? None of the above have been working.
edited December 2019
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 2964 replies49 threads Senior Member
    A week is a long time to have flu-like symptoms.....has your D seen a physician?
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  • HippobirdyHippobirdy 545 replies1 threads Member
    Has she been home in bed resting all week? Rest is important. Or has she been carrying on with a regular schedule?
    I agree with suggestion of dr visit to rule out things like bacterial infection, sinus or lung congestion, mono.
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  • HalfMoon22HalfMoon22 69 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thanks - it’s definitely a virus. It’s going around. No concern for strep, mono, or pneumonia.... or anything that would require antibiotics. Been there done that more than her fair share so we know it’s a virus that needs to run its course. She’s been in contact with her Dr. - I was just wondering if there’s anything out of the ordinary that anyone has tried that has seemed to help. @Mwfan1921 Flu/flu-like viruses unfortunately can last 1-2 weeks.
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  • LuckyCharms913LuckyCharms913 1072 replies15 threads Senior Member
    I may not spell this correctly, but I have taken Oscillococcinum and gotten relief from achiness, weariness, and sinus congestion. It’s sort of a powder that you pour on the back of your tongue and then drink something to wash it down.

    I am not generally a fan of homeopathic remedies (but NyQuil and Tylenol weren’t working for me), but it may be worth a try. Should be available at CVS, Walgreen’s, etc.
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  • MariFeighMariFeigh 62 replies2 threads Junior Member
    yup. I also vote for Oscillococcinum. take it as early as possible when you get symptoms of the flu.
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  • surfcitysurfcity 2579 replies60 threads Senior Member
    >>A week is a long time to have flu-like symptoms.....has your D seen a physician?<<

    I disagree. Flu will knock you down for at least a week!
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  • 2Devils2Devils 55 replies0 threads Junior Member
    These (2) docs agree: Flu -like symptoms and gradually getting WORSE after a week needs to be seen by a dr.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1843 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Oscillococcinum has no active ingredients. Like all Homeopathic "remedies" there is A, no proof that the original material (in this case, the liver of a Muscovy duck) has any effect, and B, it is diluted so much that if it contains any molecules of the original material, it is through contamination.

    So what you are buying is, essentially, a tablet of sucrose + lactose. These is absolutely nothing else there but contaminants. If you are lactose intolerant, you will likely have a bad time after taking a few of those.

    Drink some milk sweetened with sugar, if you want Sucrose + Lactose, and stop financially supporting the scam artists who produce this ridiculous concoction.

    If you have the flu, drink plenty, take painkillers to reduce muscle pain and fever, and remember to eat well. Chicken soup does, evidently, help, especially in you make it from scratch with all the parts of the chicken, and with a good amount of vegetables (so make sure that there are onions, celery, parsley, and carrots, at least).
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  • MariFeighMariFeigh 62 replies2 threads Junior Member
    MWolf, I thought the same thing....and then I tried it. OP asked for a "miracle." A guy named "LuckyCharms" answered. I cosigned Lucky's answer. I'm good at finding four-leaf clovers. #serendipity (But OP, since it's been more than a week, it's probably time to see a doctor. I find Ocillo to be better when systems first begin.)
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  • powercropperpowercropper 1686 replies73 threads Senior Member
    Elderberry Syrup.

    Raw garlic and/or fresh ginger (take with a spoonful of applesauce).

    The chicken soup made with the whole chicken, onion, celery, carrots, garlic and ginger, chicken stock.

    Eliminate all forms of sugar, soft drinks, dairy from your diet.

    Extra Zinc and Vitamin C. The zinc helps body absorb the vitamin C.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1843 replies13 threads Senior Member
    Elderberry Syrup.
    Eliminate all forms of sugar, soft drinks, dairy from your diet.

    I guess that precludes Oscillococcinum tablets...
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