Here are 4 helpful tips you can use right now to feel better.
Tip 1: Listen to your body
Stay warm and rested. Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket to stay warm if necessary.
Tip 2: Use steam to ease nasal congestion
Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. A humidifier, moisture from a hot shower with the door closed and saline nasal spray are helpful to ease congestion.
Tip 3: Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion. Drinking water or juice will prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist. Include fluids such as water, sports drinks, herbal teas, fruit drinks, or ginger ale. Your mother’s chicken soup might help too! Limit drinks with caffeine because it acts like a diuretic and may dehydrate you.
Tip 4: Blow your nose
Blow your nose often, but do it the proper way. It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.
Information sources: webmd.com