How To Get Rid Of A Cold Fast
Take care of yourself with NHS Doctor Stuart Flanagan! In this VideoJug film, you'll learn how to alleviate the symptoms of your cold as well as how to keep your immune system supercharged year round!
So we're going to have a think about how to get rid of a cold fast. But what is a cold? Basically, it's a viral infection of the upper airways and nasal tracts, and it can have several symptoms which can make us feel pretty miserable. These can include a stuffed nose, a cough, a headache, sneezing, and it can make us feel pretty horrible for a couple of days.
The worst thing about a cold is that it has to run its course, and there's no way of really speeding that up. A cold will last for about three to four days. Antibiotics aren't of any help because they only treat bacterial infections and colds are caused by multiple types of viruses.
Often, we can just get over a cold when another virus infects us and we can get further symptoms because of that. However there are a few things we can do to really improve the symptoms and make us feel much better. First of all, the stuffy nose and nasal congestion, what we can do is make sure we keep our head elevated, and also drink plenty of fluids.
That will make us feel much better; it will thin the mucous discharge, and also will help the inflammation of the mucosal lining of the nose. Another thing we can do is make sure we take regular painkillers, for example, Paracetamol, and that will help with our headache and general feeling of muscle ache and being under the weather. Something else that's really important to do is not spread the cold around so make sure you cover your mouth and your nose.
If you are sneezing, sneeze in to a hanky, and make sure you wash your hands, especially before you shake hands or come in to contact with anyone else. Because colds are really infectious it's important that you use your own flannels and towels for a couple of days when you're infected. Something else which can really help to clear the sinuses and airways is a steam bath.
So if you make up some warm water, put a little bit of salt in there, and just inhale the vapors, that will help clear the membranes and clear the mucous that can stuff up our nose as well. There are lots of herbal remedies for colds, but none of them have been put to rigorous scientific studies yet but there is a suggestion that the use of Echinacea can really help make us feel much better and ease our symptoms when we've got a nasty, heavy head cold. In terms of trying to prevent a cold, one tip I'd really go for is regular exercise, because it has been shown that people who take regular exercise, twenty to thirty minutes a day, can really improve their chances of staying fit during the winter months and avoiding a cold altogether.
So those are some tips on how to get rid of a cold a little bit faster than nature would normally allow you. Take care of yourself with NHS Doctor Stuart Flanagan! In this VideoJug film, you'll learn how to alleviate the symptoms of your cold as well as how to keep your immune system supercharged year round!.