School has started. Autumn is here. Sporting events and entertainment shift from outside to inside. All this togetherness gives rise to an increase in the common cold, flu and viruses. While you may take precautions to avoid getting sick, research shows that most people have at least one cold each year. Here are some tips to treat a common cold.
Rest is important when you’re under the weather. It helps your immune system fight germs and heal itself. Don your Patient Scrubs® and head for your favorite resting place. Sleep, watch movies, surf the net, read a book or just close your eyes. Do whatever you find relaxing.
Hydrate. Colds can be dehydrating, so drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated beverages because these are dehydrating. Is chicken noodle soup good for a cold? Research shows that it may help. The warm liquid soothes a sore throat, helps hydrate and move mucus.
Gargling salt water isn’t just an old wives’ tale. It is effective in loosening mucus and reducing throat discomfort. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle a little at a time.
Treat the symptoms of a common cold. Antibiotics won’t help a cold virus, so it has to run its course. Some colds are just a minor nuisance while others come with aches and fever. Over-the-counter medicines can help you find a little relief. Decongestants can help a stuffy nose. Antihistamines may help a runny nose. Ibuprofen can relieve some of the aches and fever.
Do you need a doctor? If you aren’t better in a week or run a high fever, you may have more than a cold virus. Only your doctor can tell for sure. Call your doctor or go to an urgent care.
This year, help avoid passing along cold germs by washing your hands and covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
The Patient Scrubs® lady wishes you and your family a health autumn.