When cold season starts up, it’s time to put up your defenses. After all, if you can prevent a cold from happening in the first place, that’s the best medicine you can find!
Without further ado, here are some tips and tricks you can use in order to avoid colds altogether and a few more for getting them out of your system as quickly as possible.
How to Avoid Colds During Cold Season
1. Stay away from those who are sick. If at all possible, avoid hugging, touching or kissing anyone who is sick. If you see someone coughing or sneezing in a public place, steer clear of them as well.
2. Wash your hands diligently, and don’t skimp on the soap or washing time. You should lather up well and make sure you wash for at least 20 to 30 seconds before rinsing.
3. Avoid touching your face. You should especially avoid touching your eyes, nose, ears and mouth as these are entryways to your system. In addition, if you have any open sores or cuts, make sure to keep clean bandages over them.
How to Combat a Cold You Already Have
If you’ve been unlucky and already caught a cold, don’t worry. There are some things you can do and medicines you can take to zap that cold and be done with it in just a few days.
1. Choose between an antihistamine and a decongestant.
You’ll need to decide whether your cold necessitates an antihistamine or a decongestant. Antihistamines will be helpful for drainage. This includes water, itchy eyes, and it also includes runny noses and postnasal drip. Just keep in mind that these might make you drowsy. If you have sinus or nasal congestion, you should opt for a decongestant.
2. Try a nasal spray
In many instances, a nasal spray may be helpful. The problem is that you should only use them for 3 days at a maximum because you can become dependent on them, and in fact, you may end up feeling more congested. If you feel you would like to use a spray for longer than 3 days, a saline spray might be better.
3. Use a cough medicine
A general, persistent cough that comes near the end of a cold might be helped by a cough medicine. Keep in mind that if you only have a mild cough, you should leave it alone as this is the body’s way of clearing out the throat and lungs. If you do decide to use a cough medicine, ask your doctor which drug combination to use.
4. Abide by standard cold rules
Finally, don’t forget the major rules of having a cold. Namely, you’ll need plenty of rest, lots of fluids and a healthy diet. Try to drink a lot of water, but also include warm teas, citrus juices or carbonated ginger ale. Stick to soups full of garlic and ginger and basic, light meals while you’re sick.