There’s no cure for the common cold. Let’s get that unpleasant fact out of the way. There’s no way around it. But that doesn’t mean you have to let your cold control you. With some effective treatment, timely care, some old wives’ tale know-how, and a little luck, you can take control of your cold.
Typical symptoms of the common cold include chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, fatigue and lethargy, sore throat, persistent cough and sneezing. Just one of those is enough to make you feel lousy. Most colds have many or all of those symptoms.
In order to successfully fight back cold symptoms, try these tactics:
Drink hot liquids – this will help break up any congestion in your nasal cavity and throat. Plus, warmer-than-normal fluids can also lessen inflammation.
Get plenty of rest – your body is stressed enough with a cold; lack of sleep will only add to your misery. Get to bed early, and sleep in if you can.
Have a bowl of chicken soup – it turns out grandma was correct; chicken soup’s combination of hot vapor, protein and feel-good character can help diminish cold symptoms.
Avoid exercise – part of your rest should include no strenuous physical activity. Exercise is a stress, and your body already has plenty of that with a cold.
Eat an orange – Vitamin C will help your body’s ability to combat the cold. Other fresh fruits and vegetables are a great option, too.
Keep your head elevated during sleep – this will aid in sinus drainage. Your body is trying to rid itself of infection, and your nose is like a superhighway. Keep your head elevated to ensure proper drainage.
Don’t eat junk food. Remember, you’re trying to heal. Fast food, high-carb snacks and other low-nutrition foods will only prolong the cold.
Try skipping breakfast. Your body’s ability to repair itself at the cellular level (a process called “autophagy”) operates better during periods of brief fasting. It never hurts to try something new. And nature may have some clues to this method; whenever an animal is hurt or sick, it usually eats very little until completely healed.
If you’re having trouble shaking off your latest cold, try an urgent care center. Urgent Care Extra has nearly 50 locations in Nevada and Arizona (Las Vegas, Tucson & Phoenix metro areas) to serve you. Just walk right in, and we’ll help diagnose and treat your symptoms.
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