Get plenty of rest.
Fighting the cold virus is a battle for your immune system and your body. Get plenty of rest so you have the energy you need to win the war and recover. Pushing yourself too hard or getting tired and rundown will make your immune system weaker. So listen to your body. Don’t feel guilty about skipping a workout or curling up on the couch for a couple of hours. It’s exactly what your body needs.
Drink lots of liquids.
Running a fever and producing all that mucus can make you lose fluids. Drink plenty of liquids to replace what you’re losing and prevent dehydration. Dehydration is the main reason you feel lousy when you have a cold. Drinking liquids will also help loosen congestion in your nose, sinuses and chest. Water is the best choice, but juices, broth and sports drinks are options. Sipping hot herbal tea has the added benefit of soothing your throat and warming you up. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks — they can make dehydration worse.
Gargle with salt water.
A sore throat can make life miserable. It’s hard to eat, sleep or even talk when it hurts every time you swallow. A simple remedy is gargling with salt water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Stir until the salt dissolves. Then gargle and spit a mouthful at a time until the water is gone. You can repeat this every 3 to 4 hours.
Ease nasal congestion.
There are several strategies for easing a stuffy nose. Decongestant nasal sprays are an option for adults, but kids shouldn’t use them. Instead, try saline sprays or drops to loosen mucus and keep it flowing. It is an inexpensive and surprisingly effective treatment. Warm or cold washcloth compresses can also help, as can adhesive nasal strips. Sucking on lozenges with menthol or eucalyptus is another way to open up nasal passages. And since congestion is worse when you’re lying down, use an extra pillow to prop yourself up at night.
Adding moisture — or humidity — to the air can ease cold symptoms. You can do this with a humidifier or by taking a hot shower and breathing the steam. Moisture helps relieve chest and nasal congestion, making it easier to breathe. It keeps mucus loose, so you can cough it up or blow it out. It also keeps your airways from drying out. If you use a humidifier, be sure to clean it regularly as the manufacturer recommends. This prevents mold and bacterial contamination.
Soothe aches and pains.
Body aches and pains are common with a cold. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), can help. They will also bring down a fever. But there are other strategies you can try to soothe your achiness. Take a warm bath — try adding Epsom salts — and let the heat relax your muscles. You can also use a heating pad for the same effect. Avoid using aspirin in children and teens due to the risk of Reye syndrome — a rare, but serious illness.
Try over-the-counter cold medicines.
If your cold is severe, you may need to try some over-the-counter cold medicines. The two main types are decongestants and antihistamines. Decongestants relieve nasal congestion. Antihistamines combat sneezing, runny noses, and itchy, watery eyes. Combination products will do both. You may also need cough medicines and throat sprays or lozenges. Always read the labels to avoid doubling up on ingredients. And talk with the pharmacist if you need help choosing the right medicine for your symptoms.
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