Tips for alleviating cold symptoms
As the flu and cold season continues to have an effect on our society, it is now more important than ever to make sure we are taking care of our bodies. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to enjoy the weekend, or trying to function while at work, than when you don’t feel 100%. However, sometimes getting sick is inevitable and then we are left to deal with a stuffy nose, a fever, or a sinus headache. While it is awful, it sometimes happens and we have to make sure we take care of it appropriately, even if this means making an appointment with the dreaded doctor. However, we are firm believers in coping with the annoying doctors office because it’s always better to air on the side of caution, also you never know because they might have a magical cure that will work wonders instead of laying there miserable. If you do come back from the doctor and find that it is an infuriating cold with an impossible stuffy nose that you just have to wait out, there are steps you can take to make sure that it doesn’t progress or immobilize you.
While this is absolutely important even when you aren’t sick, it is that much more essential to getting better. You should be constantly aware of your body’s hydration and make sure that you maintain it. Keep a water bottle by your bed with a straw so it’s easy to drink out of. If you do have a nauseous stomach, I’ve always found that some Sprite or 7UP works well, but you should also make sure that you are switching off with water at the same time. Gatorade is a great way to boost your electrolytes, but again it is so important to make sure that is balanced with the H2O.
These are great ways to clear your sinuses, however at the same time they dry you out a lot and will make you that much more dehydrated. The key to a stuffy nose is trying to stay ahead of it, which is why people take Airborne and EmergenC. Another way is to use an expectorant like Mucinex Expectorant. However, if you do not want to take the decongestant pill or nasal spray then you might want to consider some a natural decongestant option. For example, spicy food clears your sinuses very quickly, as does smelling a fresh cut onion. Humidifiers also help ease the symptoms and also help you sleep better, which is also essential to making a healthy recovery.
Written by Lizzy Jude