Topic 53: Stopping a common cold in its tracks

Having a cold is horrible! As a person who every winter gets at least three colds, I have picked up a few tricks. Colds just get in the way of your life, you cant go to work, or school and you don’t want to pass it to your friends and family so you miss those important events. Well its time to stand up to this cold!

1. Start to drink A LOT of juice, tea and water. Keeping hydrated will help with that sore throat and stuffy nose. Plus help to clean your body from the inside giving you a bit of a boost with the needed vitamins and minerals.

2. Gargle salt water. Half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and a quick gargle will help with the scratchy throat. “The salt draws out excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat,” notes Philip Hagen, MD, medical editor in chief of Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies. It also helps to wash out those horrible viruses and bacteria.

3. Try to keep your nose clean. Blow your nose as such as you can and use nasal spray. A hot shower is always a good idea too.

4. Medication. Some over the counter medications should do, just something to clear your head and stop the runny nose. Things like panadol, Zyrtec and Benadryl, Claritin D or Alavert D. It is best to get these medications in the first two hours or when you start to feel the cold coming on. Keep up with the doses too.

5. Rest. Avoid work and school if you can. The cold will clear up faster and your body will be able to fight it better if you are well rested. It is not the end of the world if you can avoid work or school just try to stay clear of others around you and wash your hands.

6. Movement. If you feel up to it, light exercise is a good way to start and boost your immune system.

7. Diet. Have lots of good meals with plenty of proteins and vitamins like lean meat, fish, or beans.

8. Vitamin C. All vitamins are helpful against the cold but vitamin C is the most important. Take some vitamin C tablets and drink lots of orange juice.

9. Moist air. Keep the air moist with a humidifier. Cold viruses LOVE dry conditions, dry air brings out mucous membranes, this causes your runny nose and sore throat. Make sure to clean the humidifier daily.

10. See a doctor. I know doctors hate it when people come in complaining about a common cold, but sometimes seeing a doctor is all you can do. If you think it is getting worse or it isnt a cold SEE THE DOCTOR.

You can die of the cure before you die of the illness” -Karen Duffy

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Bibliography:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery.html

https://www.caring.com/articles/how-to-stop-a-cold

‘My own knowledge’

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