Most people probably know that there is no cure for the common cold, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t treatments for cold symptoms. Cold treatments just have slightly different purposes; although they can’t fight the cold themselves, they can help your body fight the virus and make you feel better in the process.
The most important thing you can do to treat your cold is get lots of sleep. Rest is essential to restoring your body’s health, and you may even need up to 12 hours a night while you’re sick. Drinking plenty of water is also very important because it makes mucus flow more freely and helps with congestion.
While there is no specific treatment for the virus that causes a common cold, there are treatments to help relieve some of your cold symptoms. Tylenol can alleviate the discomfort of aches and pains associated with a fever. Although people don’t often think of this, gargling with salt water is one of the best ways to soothe a sore throat. Over-the-counter decongestants containing pseudoephedrine can help dry and clear your nasal passages, providing you with a little more comfort. Nasal sprays may also help with congestion that accompanies a common cold, but be careful not to overuse nasal sprays as they may potentially cause a “rebound” effect. Over-the-counter cough treatments or cough suppressants may be helpful if you have a really severe cough. However, the best cough treatment is often just letting yourself cough because it removes mucus and germs from your lungs and throat.
One additional and vitally important cold treatment is to maintain a balanced diet. Good nutrition will help you resist and recover quickly from the common cold. Taking a multivitamin is a good way to ensure that you are receiving the recommended dietary vitamin allowances.
You may not be able to completely avoid the common cold, but there are certainly treatments that can lessen the severity of your symptoms. Follow some of these suggestions so that you don’t suffer more than you have to!