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Really bad cold

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by rebecca owen, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. rebecca owen

    rebecca owen Type 1 · Member

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    Hi guys

    I’ve got a really bad cold and I’m struggling to know what cold and flu relief tablets I can take, any help would be greatly appreciated

  2. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Paracetamol, sugar free Strepsils, sugar free cough syrups. Lots of rest and extra insulin if needed.
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    When I was first diagnosed, I spotted some cold medicines said not to take if you have diabetes. This concerned me because I had been taking it for a couple of days so I checked with my dn. She said there was no problem and it was the manufacturer being over cautious.
    In short, I treat a cold with diabetes exactly the same as a cold without diabetes. The only difference is testing and injecting if there are any carbs in the medicine.
    I find a cold raises my bg and a high bg enhances my cold symptoms so need to take more insulin. If you find the same, you could try increasing your basal slightly.
  4. Chowie

    Chowie Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Assuming there are no other health issues any medication without sugar is OK and there are very few now with sugar. My diabetes gets really jealous when I get sick, my Diabetes even tells me ahead of time I'm getting sick. BGL starts to go up for no reason. Sure enough a day or 2 latter a cold etc has set in. Diabetes then really demands attention, there is no way it's going to tolerate a jumped up cold getting my undivided attention and just when you think you have it worked out it will dump a nasty hypo, or hyper depending on what you are least expecting. What a shame as I was becoming really good friends with that cold, it was much more understanding and compassionate compared to that jealous narcissistic D.
  5. johnbear2

    johnbear2 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Cavonia sugar free usually works for me
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