It hits millions of people every day, but at least there are plenty of cold relief remedies that we can try to alleviate the symptoms of this common and annoying ailment.
A cold is highly contagious and you can catch one any time of the year, even thought it’s much more frequent during the colder months.
It usually affects the upper respiratory tract (common cold), and in some cases also the lower one (also called chest cold).
We call it cold, but it is just the expression of an inflammation of the mucous and nasal pharyngeal viral infection. So it’s caused by a virus.
Common symptoms of a cold are:
- Runny nose (see home remedies for runny nose)
- Nasal congestion (home remedies for nasal congestion)
- Cough (home remedies for cough)
- Low fever
- Sore throat (home remedies for sore throat)
Cold Relief Remedies Do’s and Don’ts
Let’s start with some cold relief remedies. Some of them are actual home remedies to get rid of a cold, and some are only meant to prevent a cold.
Here’s a list of tips for cold relief and prevention.
- Rest to speed up the recovery time
- If in the winter, dress warmly before you go out, protect your head and throat from cold air (hats, scarves etc.).
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature (especially going from a warm environment to a cold one).
- Use humidifiersin your house. Very few people think about it, but having more moisture, especially while you sleep, can give great respiratory tract relief and you will probably wake up feeling better.
- If your baby is affected, one of the benefits of breastfeeding is that it’s one of the best and most effective cold relief remedies for babies as it strengthens their immune system.
- Use nasal vaporizers to get rid of mucus. Sinus rinse is also very effective and it gives immediate results.
- Don’t blow your nose in the same handkerchief, prefer disposable paper tissues.
- Don’t smoke, smoking seems to lower the immune system, predisposing the subject to contract more infections, cold included.
- Don’t take antibiotics without medical supervision. Cold is cause by viruses, and antibiotics are useful to fight bacteria only. Sometimes your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present (i.e. some types of sore throat).
- Don’t swallow mucus. Blow your nose frequently, get rid of the mucus with sinus rinses like explained above.
- Don’t miss hours of sleep, try to rest as much as possible. Lack of sleep lowers the immune system too.
- Don’t put your hands in your mouth, nor in your nose (hands are always full of germs).
Foods That Give Cold Relief
Diet is always important. Bad diet can be the cause of diseases, but a good diet is often the solution, and in this case there are certain foods that you should (or not) eat (or beverages you should drink), as they are remedies to relieve from a cold.
What to Eat to Get Rid of a Cold
- Eat foods that are easy to digest.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration (sometimes cold comes with diarrhea and vomit).
Drink hot beverages and drinks like tea, warm milk, soups etc.
- Eat yogurt with lactic ferments to strengthen the immune system.
- Take vitamin C supplements and/or foods that contain it (oranges and citrus in general).
- Have a chicken soup. Not a Mr. Noodle but a real one. You’ll love the soothing results!
What to Avoid
- Alcohol, it seems that it may worsen nasal congestion symptoms
- Coffee and beverages containing caffeine, it seems to predispose the person that suffers from cold to dehydration
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