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  • Ideas for cold and flu season?

    Typically when I have a cold I take a whole bunch of vitamin c and zinc... I'm guessing that I can't do this anymore? At least without experiencing a flare.

    Any ideas? I don't have a cold right now but I get at least two during winter, and they always go into my chest. I really relied on vit c to reduce the length of my colds, so I wonder if there are other things that are IC friendly?


  • #2
    Great question Simplicity! I normally take zinc for colds too and am also wondering if it is still OK to take or if there is a more bladder-friendly option.

    Thanks for bringing this up



    • #3
      For colds I buy Ester C, it is a buffered vit C, I don't take it all time, just when I have a cold.

      My are with you all. May you all find a way to peace and joy in your lives.


      • #4
        Here are a few of my favorite (for me, IC friendly) cold remedies...
        1. Hot showers with a "Sudacare Shower Soother" on the floor (fizzy tablet that releases Vicks type vapors when the hot water hits it)
        2. Rinsing nose out with "Simply Saline"-reduces congestion
        3. Vicks "Baby Rub"- milder than regular Vicks & more soothing
        4. BreatheRight nasal strips (stick on to outside of your nose to open it up more)
        5. Hot pear juice with a little honey
        6. For sore throat & to soothe dry cough, Werthers Original hard candy
        7. Gargle with salt water
        8. Homemade chicken soup
        9. Mucinex for chest coughs
        10. Ludens Licorice Throat Drops or Ricola original (not citrus!) drops. BeeKind honey cough drops
        11. Vaporizer next to bed, mine has a place to put menthol liquid in it.
        12. Theraflu vapor patch: Like a sticker with Vicks vapors in it that you stick to your pj top. No gooey Vicks all over your chest!

        I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

        New favorite quote: "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass" ~Author Unknown
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        Current treatments:
        -IC diet
        -Elavil 50mg at night
        -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
        -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
        -Pyridium if needed,
        -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
        -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
        -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
        -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
        -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
        -Managing stress= VERY important!
        -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


        • #5
          I was recently diagnosed with the beginning stages of macular degeneration and was told to take Preservision. I tried but the vitamin c in it was a disaster for me.

          I purchased everything separately that is in Preservation and substituted the vitamin c for Ester C. I have been taking it for a week and have had no problems. I have also taking chelated zinc (50 mg) and I have not had an increase in IC symptoms.

          Since diagnosed with IC, I have never tried any cold medicine. What I have tried is nasal spray. I have used WalMart brand with no problems.

          Ewww, flu season is coming!!!!


          • #6
            Well now I have a cold and it bypassed my sinuses and went straight to my chest. Im bummed I can't take the vit c I already have, and really can't afford anything else. I'm going to start taking mucinex, and see what happens. I'm in a flare right now too(cheated on diet on thanksgiving) it's funny because my cat is laying right on my bladder area, and her warmthand purring is helping!

            Hope everyone else is doing well...


            • #7
              Do you have to take regular mucinex or can you take it the mucinex with the cough suppressant and expectorant? By the way, your post has beeen quite helpful!!!!


              • #8
                Ughh, I am coming down with something right now too. Had a headache all day yesterday and now I also have a sore throat today along with chills. That and my period is due today. Oh joy how lucky me!! This really sucks.