Sadly there is no cure for a common cold! But there are things you can do to feel better and possibly speed up your recovery.
- Stay in bed. Plenty of sleep is essential for any swift recovery. Also staying in bed keeps you snug and out of the way from spreading your cold to others!
- Have plenty to drink. Warm drinks are especially soothing and keep you hydrated. Try adding honey to tea – it’s soothing and delicious.
- Eat well. Comfort food and healthy food will help you on your road to recovery. As the saying goes… starve a fever, feed a cold.
- Ensure the air isn’t dry. Dry air can irritate a tickly cough. A humidifier can add moisture to your home, which might also help loosen congestion.
- Try taking Vitamin C and Zinc supplements. They are generally believed to help, though folk in lab coats have conflicting evidence to support their benefits. It won’t harm to take them, so hedge your bets and take them anyway!
- A spoonful of glucose in fresh orange juice can also give a more natural and tasty hit of Vitamin C.
- An occasional spoonful of honey is a delicious alternative to a cough medicine to soothe a tickly cough.
- Use VERY SOFT paper tissues to blow your nose and dispose of them straight after use. Slightly rough poorer quality tissues are fine for occasional use but they will irritate the skin around your nose after repeated wiping.
- If your nose becomes red and irritated use vaseline to relieve the soreness and act as a barrier.
Medication for a cold.
- Make sure your home is well stocked with over the counter remedies so you already have them ready when they’re needed.
- Use ordinary pain killers to relieve the symptoms of your cold (always take as per the instructions).
- A salt water gargle can help soothe a sore throat or gargle water with a dispersible aspirin in it.
- Don’t use antibiotics! They won’t work for a cold and could stop them working for something serious in the future.
- Don’t use adult over the counter remedies for children. Ask your pharmacist if you are unsure.
- Change your toothbrush as soon as you have recovered from your cold.
If you have any other tips for treating a cold leave them in the comments below