Someone sneezes and three days later you’re trying to stop the fountain on your face that was once your nose. You have to go to work hacking up a lung and you know that you can never remember to take that Dayquil at lunch.
So how do you get over a cold quickly without the use of medications? It’s possible. All you have to do is follow these few tips.
1. Blow your nose.
I know that you’re not five, and I shouldn’t have to say this, but blowing your nose rather than just sniffing that nasty mucus back into head is, not only disgusting, but it’s the easiest way to re-infect your system with the germs that your body was trying to get rid of.
You should make sure that you don’t blow too hard because pressure can cause earaches. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. And remember to wash your hands after blowing your nose. No one wants to shake hands with someone who looked like they just high fived Flubber.
2. Get some sleep.
Want to kick that cold’s butt? Your body’s immune system does a great job on its own to search and destroy the invading cold virus. Just grab a blanket and hit the snooze button because resting is the best way to direct your body’s energy toward fighting that annoying cold.
3. Drink hot liquids.
This is a great excuse to drink some hot green tea. Just add a little honey and you could knock that cold out of the park. Drinking hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.
4. Take a steamy shower.
Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you and they’re a great way to unwind after a day battling that cold. Just remember not to fall asleep in there, because that wouldn’t be as relaxing to deal with when you do wake up hours later.
5. Don’t fly unless necessary.
Flying is not very much fun to have to deal with in the first place, but when your nose is threatening to go over the 3-ounce liquid limit that you’re allowed onto the plane then you should really just think about rescheduling that trip to Acapulco.
Added stress to your respiratory system and the change in air pressure can hurt your eardrums during takeoff and landing. But if you must fly, use a decongestant and carry a nasal spray with you to use just before takeoff and landing. Chewing gum and swallowing (not the gum) frequently can also help relieve pressure.
Just take it easy and give your body what it needs. And that goes the same for the flu as well. There may not be a cure for the common cold, but you don’t have to keep the same cold for a month. And remember that staying healthy is far more beneficial to you than deliriously talking to inanimate objects because you running a high fever. It’s funny for everyone else watching, but sparking a nervous chuckle from a friend shouldn’t substitute your health and well being.