A stuffy nose, teary eyes, constant sneezing and wiping snot off your nose—UGH! Having a bad cold can totally ruin anyone’s day (or week)! Trust me, I know!
The common cold is the most frequently-occurring infection of the upper respiratory tract. It’s usually seasonal, due to microbes and viruses floating around, especially in cold weather where everyone is huddled indoors and can easily catch a bug.
What Causes Colds?
Colds aren’t actually caused by the cold weather, but by viruses circulating in the air. This is especially true indoors where the air is humid and recycled, and people sneeze and spread infections more easily. Additionally, the cold, dry air outside can cause the tissues that line our throat and nose to dry up, making it easier for viruses to invade.
Rhinoviruses are the main type of virus that cause colds, but there are over 200 others as well that can bring you the stuffiness and sneezes. Colds can cause blockage of the airways, increased nasal secretions, cough, sore throat, and can even trigger headaches and sinusitis.
Having a cold can be quite awful, giving you that icky, sluggish feeling that makes it difficult to get through your day (plus, you can’t even taste your food!) Fret not though; let’s talk about some things you can do to drive that cold away!
What can be done to Treat a Cold?
Colds are usually treated by neutralizing the symptoms that come with it. Medications called decongestants, for instance, help decrease nasal secretions and prevent a clogged, stuffy nose. Some examples of decongestants are phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine. These are available in pill form or as nasal sprays.
Another type of medicine called an antihistamine can also help prevent nasal itching and sneezing. Some anti-histamines found to bring relief are brompheniramine and chlorpheniramine.
If you experience a headache, fever and body pain with a cold, you can also take a pain reliever like acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen. They can also help deal with pain for a sore throat.
Most cold medications contain a combination of these medications, and many patients prefer these since they are more convenient to take. You can choose from our product recommendations based on your preference for either a tablet, liquid or nasal spray. There are also various flavored products for kids!
Other Tips for Getting Rid of a Cold
Taking in vitamins can help strengthen and support your immune system, so that it can fight off the virus more quickly. Choose one with Vitamin C as well as zinc, since both work well to support immunity.
Hot fluids like soup and warm drinks can be a great help! They aid in clearing out your throat and nasal passages by helping secretions move along more easily. Plus, they make you feel better as well, and can help soothe a scratchy throat.
And don’t forget to drink lots of water as well! Staying hydrated can help thin out mucus secretions so that they won’t be too difficult to cough (or blow!) out.
And there you have it! Hopefully, these tips have helped you figure out how to quickly treat the awful, icky symptoms of a cold!