Showing posts with label Covid Omicron. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Covid Omicron. Show all posts

Friday 21 October 2022

Mouthwash can kill Covid virus which is mutating and bouncing back

The news at the moment is that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is mutating and in a substantial percentage of cases is defeating the modern vaccines. There is a current "hybrid vaccine", one of which is manufactured by Moderna and another by Pfizer, which is meant to be effective against the Omicron variant.

Mouthwash can kill Covid virus and this virus is mutating and bouncing back
Mouthwash can kill Covid virus, and this virus is mutating and bouncing back. This product contains cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) which as study has found kills the Covid virus. Image: MikeB

However, my reading of the situation is that there is a current surge in Omicron infections in the UK and I suspect that this is playing out in a similar way in other countries. Plus the original COvid-19 is hanging around and still infecting people.

People, therefore, need to do all they can to prevent an infection because they are now somewhat exposed. And I also learned that if you have had the Omicron variant and therefore have developed antibodies against it, you can still be reinfected even if you have had the vaccine as well.

And in a rather timely way, a recent study which has yet to be peer-reviewed states that certain mouthwashes can kill the Covid-19 virus in the mouth.

One of these contains the ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). There are several mouthwashes with this ingredient. I have bought Dentyl because I happen to believe that this study is probably solid and worth following and therefore, we should do all we can to prevent a covered infection.

This might not be the only ingredient which is effective against Covid. In another article that I recently read, it states that certain other mouthwashes can be effective. The study is described as experimental. The author is Dr. Craig Myers who is described as a distinguished Prof of microbiology, immunology, obstetrics and gynaecology at Penn State College of Medicine.

He reports that the following products are effective in killing the Covid virus as I understand it.

  • Johnson & Johnson’s 1% (Johnson & Johnson Consumer) baby shampoo which was used as a sinus rinse for this study;
  • Crest Pro‐Health (Proctor & Gamble) mouthwash;
  • Peroxide Sore Mouth (CVS), Orajel Antiseptic Rinse (Church & Dwight Co.) and 1.5% H2O2 (Cumberland-Swan);
  • Listerine Ultra (Johnson & Johnson Consumer), Equate (Wal-Mart Co.) and Antiseptic Mouthwash (CVS);
  • Listerine Antiseptic (Johnson & Johnson Consumer) mouthwash.

I'm just throwing this information out there is it might stick somewhere. Please do your own research. Don't rely on me ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰. I think that it is worth knowing about these things because, as mentioned, we need to do all we can to protect ourselves from this nasty virus.

The Omicron virus is milder than the original Covid-19 which killed people, but it is still a nasty illness depending upon your immune system and how each individual reacts to it.

These products can be bought over the counter and therefore it is very easy to take these protective steps.

The recommendation with Dentyl is to rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with the product and then gargle with it which kills the virus in your throat.

Sources: Sky News and Healio Primary Care.

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Magic tip: how to stop a persistent tickly cough

This is nothing to do with cats, but I feel that I have to try and get this great tip out there. It really is good, and I don't see anyone mentioning it on the internet. 

It is based on personal first-hand experience, and I feel confident that it will work a lot of the time. Tickly coughs are common after an upper respiratory viral disease: a cold or Covid Omicron for example.

I had a tickly cough for weeks and it was driving me mad. I also felt under the weather with a headache. I don't know if the source of the cough was the same as for the headache, but I think it was. It may have been Covid Omicron which is like a cold.

TCP can cure a persistent tickly cough
TCP can cure a persistent tickly cough. Image in the public domain.

I got rid of the cough by gargling with diluted TCP at about 1 part TCP with 3 parts of water, which is a liquid antiseptic based on halogenated phenols.  Make the concentration as strong as you can take, even 1:1 and you might drink a little of it at the end. But only a little bit. If you want to pass on this last bit of advice that's fine.

I gargled three times in the evening and in the morning the cough was 90% gone. It felt like I'd gone to heaven. I did the same thing again yesterday and this morning and the cough has gone.

I also used Corsodyl mouthwash after the gargling just to be sure both bacteria and viruses were being killed. Although, phenol disinfectant can kill a wide variety of microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

My research indicates that low concentrations of phenol cause bacterial death by deactivation of essential enzyme systems.

Phenols have a broad range of disinfection capabilities. They are effective against bacteria, micro-bacteria and fungi. They are also effective against envelope (easy to cure) viruses such as influenza. Therefore, phenol is more effective against bacteria and on that bases I wonder if a tickly cough is mainly caused by bacteria on the throat.

Phenol-based disinfectants have a high potency in disinfection of hospitals. Phenol derivatives can deactivate viruses such as HIV and other hydrophilic viruses within minutes at a concentration range of 0.5-5%. 

They deactivate pathogens by inducing membrane damage which leads to the leakage of intracellular components and denaturing of proteins! 

That's very technical but I'm just trying to add a little bit of meat to the bone here to try and explain why TCP is effective at reducing or eliminating the tickly cough after an upper respiratory viral infection possibly followed by a secondary bacterial infection and I think it is effective against post a Covid Omicron infection.

Gargling with TCP is unpleasant, but the result is pleasant. Mouth washing with Corsodyl hurts if you do it after you have brushed your teeth so do both the TCP gargle and mouth wash before brushing your teeth.

Give it a try if you have a bad tickly cough that is upsetting you. You might get lucky. If it works for you, please leave a comment. There is no danger and downside to the best of my knowledge. This is an over-the-counter treatment not requiring a prescription which is why I feel that I can talk about it here.

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