I always catch something when I fly. Every time I get on a plane, I make sure I pack cold & flu medicine because I know I'll be sick for the next week. I told my doctor about it because I was wondering if I could get a hold of something over the counter to help. I know in the US they sell things that are supposed to help. He told me to buy Vicks First Defense (which is available in the UK over the counter, but as of last November, was not available in the US). It's a nasal spray that you don't inhale. You simply squirt it into the side of your nostril a couple of times and wait a few seconds before you take a breath through your nose (avoiding taking a deep breath for a few minutes - I once inadvertently inhaled it and let me tell you, it was painful so take my word for it - don't inhale it). The spray is supposed to form a thin layer of gel at the back of the nose, where it should trap the virus, disarm it and help the body to flush it out. I was hesitant when I went to buy it as it was expensive (over £7.00 for a small bottle). If my doctor wasn't the one who told me to buy it, I probably would have left it, but since it was recommended by my GP, I decided £7.00 was not a lot to pay to stop from getting sick. I used it on a flight to the States and that trip was the one and only time I didn't spend my first week in NJ, sick as a dog. As a side note, my nose gets terribly dry when I fly and it helped with that as well. The next trip I used it as well, but was unknowingly already suffering from strep throat and as soon as we landed, came down with a high fever and the worst sore throat of my life. I was confined to my mother's house (sick and contagious for a week). The first bottle I bought lasted me ages so as it turned out, it wasn't too much to pay at all. I use it when I'm around sick kids as well. You are supposed to use it at the first sign of having a cold to stop it in its tracks. I can't say I've tried it before as I'm usually taking care of a sick kid that already has a cold & too busy to take care of myself. My son has had a cold for three days now. I spent the whole of last week sick with a stomach bug of some sort and have no interest in spending this week sick again. So, today when I felt a sore throat and nasal congestion coming on, I ran for the First Defense. My husband has the same symptoms as I do, but won't try the First Defense as he thinks 'it's too late for such rubbish' I'll keep you updated (in the comments section of this post) and let you know if it actually stops my cold in its tracks and if my husband ends up worse off.
I quit smoking when I moved to the UK, mainly because I promised my husband I would. I did it for him, but not because I wanted to. I enjoyed smoking. I missed it, but quit successfully for many years until I went through a stressful time and started again. My relapse lasted over a year. The whole time, I was ashamed of myself. I hated the smell. I hated how I felt, I hated the health risks and I hated my lack of willpower. I've known a few people who have tried e-cigarettes. I was a skeptic. I thought it was going from one habit to another. The people I knew that tried it, always had it and were constantly sucking on it. It seemed to me they were more addicted to it then they were cigarettes. I don't know any smokers that constantly had a cigarette in their hand. Then in January, I saw a piece about it on the BBC News. I watched with interest thinking they were going to say that they have found it to be harmful. What they said was quite the o