Mix Margaret Dylan Jones

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How I handle throat infections, colds & flus

Article by Margaret Dylan Jones
Updated 10 June 2017
Here's my personal checklist for the steps I take in handling respiratory tract infections. For full explanations see www.mixmargaret.com/colds-and-flu.html and www.mixmargaret.com/voice-article-001-singers-cough.html.

DISCLAIMER: I'm no doctor or medical researcher, so you ought to check my information with your doctor.

Please also check on the page at this link before taking ANY kind of cold or flu remedy, especially because some common ones can cause serious complications and even death if taken incorrectly: www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/natural-cold-remedies

My checklist:

Bed rest (with heat pack for head & neck)

Thermal underwear. Absolutely magic

Chicken soup (with real chicken, plus not too much garlic, ginger & salt, consumed hot but not too hot)

Warm salt water gargle

Chew a small piece of garlic. Drastic but effective (or make a tea out of it).

Humming to clear the sinuses

Vaporiser (see singers-cough.html)

Difflam (Benzydamine throat spray) (see singers-cough.html)

Hydrogen peroxide gargle and ear drops

Honey (for throat infections)

Vitamin C (no more than 500mg daily from all sources).

Vitamin D if deficient (tablets and from the Sun; it takes months to build up. Note that excessive levels of Vitamin D are also problematic.)

Hydration. Keep drinking (but too much water without food can be dangerous)

Food. Keep eating.


See my other articles:

Singer's Cough: Causes and Cures For Vocal Inflammation And Excess Mucus (Singing And Speech)

How I handle throat infections, colds & flus

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Margaret Dylan Jones, MusB(UWA), DipEd, LTCL, ATCL, AMusTCL, AMusA, is a composer, piano accompanist and voice teacher, whose first non-musical(?) hobby was examining old pianos at auctions with a torchlight and a tuning fork.

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