That stuffy nose gave you a hard time in bed last night. The itchy, sore throat would not subside even after gulping down glasses of warm water. Also, you exhausted an entire packet of paper handkerchiefs trying to keep up with a runny nose.
There are different manifestations of a “COLD.” As you know, a virus causes cold. Therefore, there is no quick fix for it. It will heal after it has completely run its course. So, does this mean you only sit back and wait it out?
No. You can try to shorten the healing period. Besides, you can do your bit to relieve the symptoms. Here are tips on how to get rid of a cold and cough fast.
How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast at Home.
1 If you want to eliminate the cold fast, you should treat the prime symptoms the moment they start. You should not ignore them; otherwise, they get worse thus requiring a longer time to heal.
If you feel sick, avoid exerting the body, as it does not allow the body to recover. Lie down and take a rest.
Help Your Body To Fight.
2 Help your immune system to fight the cold by supplying it with adequate and the right nutrients. Eat nutrient rich food. One should eat foods rich in proteins. Chicken soup is one of the best foods for a cough. It provides required energy and nutrients to the body.
Eat foods that are light and easy to digest. Avoid eating fried, fatty, and spicy foods. They are not only difficult to absorb but may also contribute to worsening the symptoms.
3 If you want to recover from nasal congestion, you should drink plenty of water. When the body is inflicted with sickness, it gets dehydrated. It requires water to metabolize food and absorb nutrients needed to fight the bacteria.
It also flushes your system and washes out toxins. Water will loosen the mucus membranes and help drain out the sinuses. Water is the best option. However, you can also have tea with a dash of honey.
You can have juices, ice tea, lemonade and sports drinks provided they do not have high sugar content.
4 To get rid of a cold fast, give yourself an immunity boost with vitamin and mineral supplements. Food supplements such as Vitamin C and zinc support the immune system and allow a more rapid recovery from the uncomfortable health situation.
5 If you feel very sick, you can keep the symptoms under control with the help of a few over-the-counter medications. There are different types of medicines –
- Cough suppressants: These raise the threshold of a cough and thus suppresses its occurrence.
- Nasal decongestants: Clears clogged nostrils.
- Expectorants: Loosens mucus and helps the body to throw out with the aid of a cough.
- Anti-histamines: Stops respiratory tract irritation and sneezing.
- Antipyretic: Those reduce fever and body pain.
Note: Do not try self-medication. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.
Water Is The Best Medicine.
6 Take a hot water bath. It serves two purposes. It will eradicate bacteria or virus that could increase the chances of a re-infection.
Second, you will feel relaxed. The steam of the hot bathwater also clears up nasal congestion.
7 Salt-water gargle work wonders for sore throats. It is being used for years, and now medical researchers also confirm that. You should take them first thing in the morning and before going to bed. Occasionally you can use it when you have a severe cough.
8 Lowering your head over a steamy bowl of water will ease nasal congestion. It also relieves headaches caused by blocked sinuses.
You can add a few drops of peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil and inhale the vapor. It works like a miracle, and you will get instant relief.
Take Ample Rest.
9 As little exertion as possible is the key to recovering from a cold quickly. You know the body needs extra energy as it works to fight the bacteria.
Lie down and catch some sleep. At night, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. During the day, if you feel like sleeping, sleep and relax. If not, lie down and watch television or read a book.
Getting adequate sleep can also lower the risk of getting a cold.
10 You should wash your hands often before eating food, after sneezing or blowing your nose. The germs hide on the hands and could return to your body causing a relapse.
Also, keep a separate towel. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing to prevent spreading the infection to others.