This might be related (might) but I also hate going to the doctor. Nothing against doctors, most I have sick people. While my germs are elite germs, germs that stick to themselves, thankyouverymuch, it seems like every time someone coughs, their germs go scurrying across the room to me, anxious to make friends. Fuck off, germs. I don't need any more friends.
|Tough love bag|
So, as a result, I've built a list of things that help me with my most recurrent ailments. I'd love for this to be a directory of failsafe drugs/home remedies, so if you have any recommendations, leave them in the comments and I'll build them into this post.
Colds (just runny noses, not fever)
D Cold Total (banned in some countries, take it sparingly, but it is like MAGIC.)
Allegra 130 mg.
(Chesty): Honitus. This is a bit mild for some people, so just go ask for an anti-allergy cough syrup at your chemist. Usually illustrated with pictures of lungs. KNOCKS. YOU. OUT, so maybe not right before you have to drive.
(Tickly): Lozenges. I like the Vicks lozenges still, but two of my friends swear by Sualin. (It tastes disgusting but does the trick.)
Home remedy: Milk + haldi. GROSS, but instant relief.
Throat Infection - Vikoryl works best! Alternately you can have 1 tsp of turmeric + salt with some hot water, really helps infection! (via Veena)
Sore Throat: 1st step: Gargle with listerine for about 5 times. The alcohol content in listerirne works amazing on sore throat. 2nd Step: Follow up with warm salt water. Do this about 4 times a day. (via letterstopapa)
Flu (fever, cough, cold, the works)
Johar Joshanda (get in packets at most well stocked chemists.) It's a bunch of herbs you have to boil and drink. Makes you feel better for a couple of hours at a time, so get lots.
You could also have a hot rum toddy, which isn't very effective, but at least you get nice and toasted and can sleep easier.
Water. No kidding. Drink lots.
Force yourself to sneeze. More often than not, after 5-6 sneezes it lessens considerably! (via Veena)
Migraine: Paracetamol+ Tiger Balm+ Sleep= You're as good as new (via Maryann)
I get this a LOT. Apparently it's quite common for this to be a recurrent thing, especially if you're dehydrated.
Bangshil: Ayurvedic, pop two at a time, and work in about 30-45 minutes.
Cranberry juice: By glass three, you're back to normal.
You can also use an Android/IPhone app that lets you remind to water your body every now and then. I've used it when I was having UTI's during summer. Just google "Water your body" app. (via Yashpal Jadeja)
Coca Cola (or something fizzy)
A friend recommends ajwain boiled in water and Pudin Hara as her two failsafes, but I've never tried either.
Acidity(the really awful burning up your chest kind): One pouch of Eno in water (not cold though, room temperature works best) (via Maryann)
Acidity/ weird stomach - A few pinches of ajwain and black salt, gulped down with just enough water. Super quick relief (via Nidhi Agarwal)
Nausea (especially when you're going up in the hills): Emeset+ sleep (because the pills make you groggy). (via Maryann)