My usual regimen is to try extremely spicy food first (I can survive it, germs can't), then go straight to the uber-cold-eradicator-9000 pills. There's so much stuff in them that no matter what you've got, you don't care any more. Plus, pseudoephedrine works _really_ well to restore lost energy for me. A friend suggested Zicam, I might try it. It's mostly chest congestion, but coughing is ripping up my throat.