How To Relieve a Cold in 4 stepsJune 15, 2018
With Winter here, catching the common cold is the pits! Your going about your life and boom! you wake up one morning and that tell-tale tickle in the back of your throat coupled with unexplained tiredness and you know something is up. There is no cure for the common cold, you can only relieve the symptoms. The common cold can affect your nose, throat, sinuses and larynx.
With hundreds of cold viruses around, preventing colds in the first place through basic hygiene is far better than enduring the virus whilst it runs its course. There are many cold remedies available at the pharmacy; however WebMD warns of unnecessary overtreatment in relation to over-the-counter medications, because they can include formulas for which you have no symptoms for. The typical cold lasts one to two weeks, but some symptoms can last longer. So, by using what you already have at home and with a little patience, you can get back to enjoying your life. But, once you have a cold, try these 4 steps to relieve your symptoms:
Take time to rest
Your body needs to heal, so give your immune system the opportunity to fight the cold virus with adequate rest. Foregoing adequate rest means that your miserable cold might last longer and you know you don’t want that. Sleep as much as your body needs; even if it is for 12 hours.
So here’s a fun fact; unlike camels, the human body does not store water! The human body continually loses water through normal bodily functions and any increase in body temperature means that extra water is needed for the body to maintain itself. It is estimated that up to 80% of people are dehydrated. Throw in a cold and your on the back foot.
Staying hydrated with warm liquids will benefit you in two ways: Firstly, getting enough fluids prevents dehydration. Secondly, keeping hydrated will ease congestion. Dehydration can make cold symptoms worse by thickening mucus and causing congestion. When that mucus turns yellow or green, it’s a sign of infection, so prevent that by taking in enough fluids to increase mucus flow and break up thick mucus.
To tackle dehydration and to ease congestion, try sipping this hot tea frequently: 1 teaspoon manuka honey with a squeeze of lemon mixed together in a cup of hot water.
Relieve Sinus Congestion
To counter stuffiness and sinus pain; try steamy showers and steaming your face over a bowl of water. Nasal irrigation has been around for many years and refers to flushing out your blocked sinuses and this can include using saline nose sprays and a ‘neti pot’. Menthol or camphor-based chest rubs might be old school but they still work. Taking paracetamol can relieve sinus pain.
Relieve Sore Throat
To soothe a sore throat and help clear mucus, try this saltwater gargle: ½ teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup warm water. Throat lozenges can help to lubricate a sore throat providing immediate relief.
As always prevention is better than cure. So practice lots of handwashing and avoid spreading those viruses your hands pick up everyday. Simple cold treatments work so without splashing too much cash at the pharmacy you can get back to your old self again.
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Annette Carey is a recent graduate of a Diploma in Marketing and Communication.
She has a diverse background having worked in: retail, insurance, sporting club management and online shopping. A strong believer in acquiring knowledge, Annette earned her degree from UTS. Her passions include: tango dancing, keeping fit and her family.