Treating a cold with type 2 diabetes

By Johnnyjet Latest Reply 2018-01-07 18:57:53 -0600
Started 2018-01-02 23:17:15 -0600

I usually don't get sick much but have started this year with a cold. I would be interested in how some of you with tyoe 2 teat yourself when you have a cold. Also, I hqve sleep apnea and use a cpap mach to sleep so that has to be taken into consideration when taking cold med. Any suggestions on otc medications or natural remedies for a cold would be geatly appreciated.

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cmr55 2018-01-07 18:57:53 -0600 Report

I am type 2 and also use CPAP machine. I use the cloth mask I had a cold the beginning of Dec and I made home made chicken soup, green tea with lemon and garlic I got sugar free cough meds along with mucinex. I got it cleared up in 5 days. It was my first cold as a diabetic in 10 years. I also put vicks on chest every night I have been diabetic for almost 8 years I normal make the tea with lemon and garlic starting in Oct which I did but went on vacation in Nov and did not do it during that time and feel I paid for not doing it.

Pegsy 2018-01-06 08:35:40 -0600 Report

Chicken soup and drinking hot green tea is my first go to. I also take extra vitamin C in pill form, not chewable because of sugar. If it gets bad and I need more help I use a nasal spray that opens up the sinuses, especially at night. I try to avoid antihystamine or decongestant drugs if I can but use them sometimes. I don't use cough syrups because of the sugar. I buy Robitussin cough suppressants in pill form and Ricola, sugar free throat lozenges if I need those things, especially at night. If I need something for fever or pain I use Ibuprofen. I don't tolerate aspirin well and Tylenol doesn't seem to do any good.

I hope you're feeling better!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-01-06 19:49:16 -0600 Report

Good advice but he also uses a CPAP Machine. He may not be able to use ordinary nasal sprays. I was told to use a Saline Spray. With a CPAP Machine adding air, a mentholated spray can cause a headache or so I was told by my doctor.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2018-01-03 16:50:11 -0600 Report

I have T2 Diabetes and I treat a cold like anyone else. I also was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and picked up my CPAP machine December 5 of last year. The day I got it, I caught a nasty cold. I ate normally and took Nyquil before bed and used my machine with no problem.

You can buy OTC sugar free cold medications. I had some but can rarely find it because it flies off the shelf. If I can't find it, I get the regular brand. I take Nyquil for 3 nights and Dayquil during the day for three days with absolutely no problems. If the cold has not cleared up, I skip and night then take the Nyquil another 2 nights. My CPAP heats the tube and water and provides some humidity and it clears my head up. I had no problem breathing. I use the nasal cannula. I could not tolerate either mask.

If you are nasal passages is really congested, you can use a saline nasal spray. I use that when my allergies kick up during spring/summer. However if you are really concerned why not simply ask your doctor who can best tell you what to do. We are not doctors.