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got sick! competition in 2 days. What to take?

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Created May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Hi all. I've got a major grappling competition in 2 days and it seems as though I've caught a virus. Not super bad, but i still have to deal with a sore throat, congestion and general fatigue.

Thought about going to the doc and maybe getting some antibiotics, but decided against it. Any suggestions on what I should take to help me recover before competition day?

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on May 30, 2012
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Antibiotics kill bacteria. They won't do anything against a virus. They're over prescribed for things they won't help with, leading to increase in antibiotic resistant strains of serious bacterial diseases.

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:10 PM

(1) Antibiotics are useless against viruses. (2) If you're contagious, aren't you spreading disease amongst your fellow competitors? That seems unsporting.

I also think you'd be better served to stay home and rest. Have you been overtraining?

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on May 29, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I would just focus on getting well and skipping competition. Competing while sick is asking for trouble, like inflammation to heart muscle and other nasty stuff.

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on May 30, 2012
at 02:40 AM

You're not going to forget all your moves so taking time off > than training. Your conditioning might sucked if youre stillsick day of competition.

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on May 30, 2012
at 01:44 AM

D3 in an oil-base. 40,000 IUs for 2-3 days. Will boost your immune system & get that bug out of your system pronto.

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on May 30, 2012
at 12:42 AM

A basketball player (maybe Kobe Bryant?) had the flu one year during NBA finals, and I think they put him on IV during half-time to help him hydrate. Probably not realistic in your case though.

I agree with comments above on antibiotics.

I also agree that best option is to rest, but understand that's not always an option (i.e., if this is a once per year competition).

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on May 30, 2012
at 12:26 AM

sleep, vitamin C, bit of light meat, hot meals/soups to level body temperature and get better respiratory condition. [to destroy the mucus you might have gotten in your lungs].

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