Being a viral illness, there is no “cure” for the common cold. It really is a matter of letting the cold run its course. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t measures you can take to ease your symptoms while your body fight off the infection. Below are some tips for coping when you’re hit with a cold.
Get your rest
If you come down with a cold, it’s best to stay home and rest. Not only does this give your body a chance to recuperate, it helps prevent you from spreading your cold to others.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids like water, juice, clear broth, or warm lemon water. Staying hydrated may help to loosen congestion so you can get rid of it. Also, steer clear of drinks containing caffeine (e.g., coffee, tea, pop) and alcohol as these can dehydrate you.
Use a humidifier
If the air in your house is dry, try using a cool-mist humidifier. The extra moisture will help to soothe congestion and coughing. Keep your humidifier clean so that it doesn’t grow harmful bacteria or mold.
Try a saltwater gargle
To ease your sore or scratchy throat, dissovle ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in a 4- to 8-ounce glass of warm water. Gargle for a few seconds, and then spit out.
Eat chicken soup
Chicken soup feels soothing and may help to loosen congestion. One study has also suggested that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties, which could also help to ease cold symptoms.
Try over-the-counter remedies
Many over-the-counter products can help ease your cold symptoms. hydraSense® cough & cold products can help soothe bothersome cold symptoms like coughing, stuffy nose, sinus pressure, scratchy throat, and chest congestion. hydraSense® nasal care products can also help you get relieve nasal congestion due to a cold.
Talk to your pharmacist and/or healthcare provider for a recommendation on products that are suitable for you.