Most of us don’t get alarmed when we catch a cold. After all, it’s just a common cold. About 1 billion of colds occur every year, and that’s just in the United States alone. Having a cold would mean crumpled tissues, restless nights, and “sneezy” noses but then again, because it’s “common”, it doesn’t raise too much concern. And even though there is not much you can do to fight it, there are various ways to make yourself more comfortable. Here are some of them.
Drink Hot Soup
You probably remember as a kid when you catch a cold, your mom would always prepare you a hot soup. Your mom had a good reason for that. Swallowing a hot drink allows heat to go from the esophagus to the windpipe. That heat would then help loosen up thick mucus covering the windpipe so it would be much easier to expel it. Soup isn’t the only thing that can do the trick. Any warm drink like hot water with lemon, hot tea or hot milk can help sooth symptoms of cold.
Take In Fluids
In the same vein, drinking enough fluids during the day would help thin the mucus and make it less sticky. It is also necessary to note that people can lose a lot of liquid when they have colds due to sneezing and blowing of the nose. Drinking sufficient water each day can help keep you hydrated and energized. Just keep in mind to stick with water, juices, milk and sports drink. Stay away from alcohol, coffee and caffeinated drinks that will only dehydrate you even more.
Add Moisture into the Air
It’s a common knowledge that viruses and bacteria thrive better in dry air. That’s why, if you have a cold, it would be best to use a vaporizer or humidifier to add moisture into the air. Keep the humidity inside the house from 50 to 60 percent not only to make you feel more comfortable but also to help the body in fighting the virus more quickly. Make sure that you keep the humidifying device clean since molds and bacteria can easily grow on it and spread germs even more.
Breathe in some Steam
Steam can also do well in loosening up the mucus in the airways. One way to breathe in steam is to run a hot shower in the bathroom and fill it with steam before going in. You can also apply a warm compress on top of your nose or mouth for the same purpose.
Gargle with Salt Water
This is applicable if your cold is accompanied by a sore throat. Salt water can relieve the pain and scratchy feeling in the throat that can make you uncomfortable.
Get Some Rest
When people get sick, rest is the number one thing they think of doing. But not with people who have common cold. They feel that this condition is not serious enough to warrant a day of lying down in the bed. But the thing is, you need to rest to give your body a break so it can fight the infection more effectively.