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The cold and flu season is fast approaching. It is only prudent that it finds us prepared and in combative mode. The common cold and influenza are contagious respiratory infections. There is a slight difference between the two viruses. Flu is the more severe version. In addition to the common cold symptoms, which include a sore throat, runny nose, and congestion, flu is also characterized by a headache, fever, and symptoms last for over a week.
These two infections can make you feel like you are about to die but worry not. With these remedies, you will be up and running in no time.
How To Rid of A Cold Fast
1.) Rest and Fluids
Rest and fluids should rank high on your cold management. The running nose and the sweating will drain your body of fluids. Your immune cells must be well hydrated to fight off the offending viruses. Therefore drink up lots of hot liquids and get plenty of rest.
2.) Shower or Face Steam
Nasal congestion may leave you struggling to breathe. Simply jump into your shower and turn up the heat knob for a hot steamy shower. I find this so relieving. You can also steam up your face to loosen up the clogging mucus. To be more productive, add essential oils such as eucalyptus into the steaming water bowl, drape a towel over your head, and inhale the rising steam. For more steam inhalation methods, read Steam Inhalation With Eucalyptus Oil.
3.) Neti Pot
Congested nasal passages with crusting can be cleared using saline sprays and Neti pot– a nasal irrigation device. The liquid thins the thick mucus, and you can then comfortably blow it out. To use a Neti pot, follow the instructions on the insert.
4.) Herbal Remedies
Numerous herbal remedies are available to ease cold/flu symptoms.
Lemon and honey
This combination is of great help when you have a sore throat. Both honey and lemon have anti-microbial properties that help clear the bacteria. Honey also has a soothing effect.
Ginger has been hailed for its myriad health benefits. To get rid of congestion, infuse a fresh root in your cup of tea. Ginger also improves the taste of tea.
To boost your immune system, add garlic to your diet. You may chew raw garlic. This is not for the faint-hearted, though, as the taste and smell can be overpowering.
The healing abilities of elderberries cannot be disputed. Its extract has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for colds and flu.
This plant has also been used for the relief of several ailments, including cold and flu. Its leaves, flowers, and roots are used to make extract and oils for use as medicine.
5.) Minerals and Vitamins
Eat more vitamin C enriched foods or use supplemental vitamin C to strengthen your immune system so that it may shorten cold/flu duration and relieve cold/flu-related symptoms. According to research, the recommended daily dose for a female over the age of 18 is 75 milligrams per day.
As research has it, Zinc is considered most effective in the form of tablets because it acts directly on your throat where the virus lives. As a result, Zinc helps stop the replication of the rhinovirus infection.
If all of these remedies fail, your cold gets worse, or you have any health concerns during your cold visit your doctor for a treatment plan specialized just for you.
Results may vary. Information and statements made are for general purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Her Own Health does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Her Own Health are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.