What do you do for a cold or flu ?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2014-10-08 10:15:01 -0500
Started 2011-01-11 16:05:50 -0600

I think I'm coming down with the flu. Feel very crummy. Really don't want to eat (lost my appetite). Seems I'm drinking more fluids. Right now BS are stable.
I know when this hits full force they will be all over the place. Do you have any suggestions, that would maybe lessen the severeaty of this?

12 replies

PetiePal 2011-01-13 10:09:12 -0600 Report

I'd stick away from Emergen-C and I KNOW Airborne and Zicam are 1000% scams. My brother did ads for them and they even admitted it outright lol.

My best flu/cold remedy:
-Mucinex (my endo said even Mucinex DM won't raise blood sugars much and was alright)
-Lots of clear fluids, water, tea, soda, diet cranberry juice etc
-Popping a Vitamin C AFTER the fact doesn't do too much, but still I'd keep on with your daily multivitamin
-Get plenty of sleep. If you're not eating, showering, bathrooming etc you should try to sleep as much as possible. You can really sleep off a cold/flu.
-Stay warm even if you're sweating. You sweat and get a fever because your body fights off infection easier at the higher temperature.

-To break a fever take a cool shower, aspirin, or towel down yourself with cool water and shiver it out a little bit. Tylenol is still your friend after all these years. Stay away from Advil, Alleve, etc which can raise your blood pressure which we all know most diabetics are already prone to.

I'm sure someone else will say it but TEST often. Antibiotics and sickness in general can cause havoc with your numbers so it's best to keep a close eye and not get too worried if your sugars jump a BIT..that's normal.

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom 2011-01-12 21:33:02 -0600 Report

I found the packets of EMERGEN-C at Walmart work to knock out the cold flu symptoms just as they are getting started. Various flavors - I like the Orange, it has a lot of Vitamin C in it.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2011-01-12 19:06:01 -0600 Report

Not necessarily—-Mine don't always vary that much, guess it just depends, my hubby used Airborne a few days and it helped him get over the sniffles in a few days. Best of Health!!

GabbyPA 2011-01-12 18:21:49 -0600 Report

Take some doses of D3 to help you out. I am not sure it will do much after you have the flu, but it is a great preventive. I know for me when I feel crummy, the best OTC medicine I take is alkaseltzer cold plus. That helps me rest and gets aspirin to my aches and pains.

re1ndeer 2011-01-12 18:36:21 -0600 Report

I'm going to tough it out, can't really take OTC drugs, was looking for other alternatives. Going to stay with chicken soup and crackers. Thanks about the D3, I'm currently taking 50,000 units by prescription.

GabbyPA 2011-01-12 18:37:47 -0600 Report

wow, then you have a nasty bug for sure. Get that chicken soup on the stove and go at it all day. I hope you feel better soon then.

MAYS 2011-01-12 09:01:34 -0600 Report

Continue to take your medications, and test often.
If you are taking any type of cough or cold medication make sure that it contains little, or no sugar, try to take one that is made specifically for diabetics!
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, they should recommend a brand for you.

re1ndeer 2011-01-12 18:33:41 -0600 Report

Thanks for your response, not taking any other medications except those that are for different illnesses. I'm going to tough it out with Chicken broth and crackers.

CaliKo 2011-01-11 16:16:49 -0600 Report

They say to keep eating your required carbs as best you can. It's the one time I'll drink a little 7 up or eat mashed potatoes or crackers. Chicken soup is good. I'm not sure about meds if you are taking anything to lower blood glucose, I'm diet and exercise controlled for now. It's good to be drinking fluids. I hope you are better soon. Hugs.

re1ndeer 2011-01-12 18:38:10 -0600 Report

Thanks, for your response, can't take OTC drugs. Going with the chicken soup and crackers, a nice hot shower, and going to bed early. Maybe, I can beat this.