People are always searching for the best way of how to get rid of a cold. Especially parents (have you ever heard of a man cold??) who don’t have time to be sick. And you can’t afford to spread germs to anyone else specifically kiddos. Sometimes colds can hit you hard and stick around for days and sometimes even weeks! If you’re sick of sucking on cough drops and ready to ditch your cold for good, you’ve come to the right place. Although there are no known specific treatment for every cold, you can get relief by the ideas here. Have a look at some tried and true methods for kicking your cold to the curb.
IDENTIFY YOUR COLD
The cold enters your body through your nose or mouth and attaches to your lining causing inflammation. You’ll start to feel fatigue setting in and mucus starting to produce. Here are the other symptoms you might feel:
- Sore throat
- Body ache
- Dizziness or lightheaded
HOW TO GET RID OF A COLD
Colds typically last between seven to ten days with symptoms only beginning to appear after two to three days.
- Drink lots of fluids. It’s vital to flush out the cold and it also helps keep your throat lubricated. Drink tea. Teas made with lemongrass, ginger, lemon balm, sage, or lemon verbena serve as antiviral sore-throat soothers. Also, drink lots of water.
- Vitamin C. It’s been reported that taking Vitamin C BEFORE the onset of cold symptoms may shorten the duration of symptoms. Vitamin C is water soluble, so any excess is flushed from the body in your urine. But it should be noted, in some people, high doses of vitamin C (greater than 2,000 milligrams per day for adults) may cause kidney stones, nausea, and diarrhea.
- Rest. This is often easier said than done but you need more than eight hours of sleep when you have a cold. And chances are, the reason you got sick was because you’ve had poor sleeping habits! Your body needs rest to help your immune system fight the virus. Take a short nap or two throughout the day while you have a humidifier going in your room. Your body needs rest so it can fight your infection.
Cold symptoms can vary from person to person and cold to cold. And the common cold will run its course and resolve on its own within a couple of weeks. Although these tips are the best ones we have, it might not work on everyone. Pass these tips onto others of how to get rid of a cold.