The seasons are changing, and it is starting to get colder. Ski Season and the holidays are right around the corner, so you don’t want to get sick! Below are some tips to beat the common cold. Make sure to see a doctor if your symptoms get worse. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 303-703-8583.
A knock-you-down and sap-your-soul cold is making the rounds. It’s the type that you can’t call in sick for. “Sorry boss, I need to take the next two weeks off.”
Here are 10 tips to get you through this terrible cold:
- SOUP, LOTS OF SOUP: Many prefer chicken soup, but some with ground up sausage gives a bit of a boost. What’s the secret? Hot soup helps break up the congestion associated with both colds and the flu, doctors say. The salt factor helps, too. Plus, it takes your mind off how lousy you feel.
- AVOID BEING HORIZONTAL: The moment your head hits the pillow you might start coughing. Instead, make a small mountain out of all the pillows you have. That will keep you propped up and help on the worst nights.
- CARE FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER: The downside of the three-week cold is everyone in your home will probably catch it … so be nice! Take care of each other. Grilled-cheese sandwiches for all! Plus, they go well with soup.
- COUGH DROPS: Either your colleagues are sick of your coughing (probably) or just felt bad … so try some cough drops! They work, somewhat. It’s also a good way to get your mind off the cold and on how terrible some cough drops taste.
- BE POLITE: Take the opportunity to cough into your hand or shirt sleeve. Sneeze away from co-workers. Do your work and go. You want people feeling sorry for you, not hating the fact you spread the cold around the office.
- GET SOME SUN: Take short walks in the sun. Research shows vitamin D … not C … helps battle colds and the flu. Sunlight boosts immunity. It warms your face and beats being trapped in your stuffy bedroom. Drink a lot of orange juice!
- TEA AND HONEY: The combination is second only to soup. Local honey and your basic tea. No milk, just tea and honey. Honey and lemon tea, is also good. Try lemon in other means, because it’s also a boost when you have the cold. Lemon chicken seemed to work too.
- CRASH ON DAYS OFF: The key to surviving the three-week cold is to pace yourself. Just relax on days off. Rest is the best remedy. Ask everyone around you to stay away and just crash in the most comfortable spot you can find.
- FIND A GOOD PHARMACIST: Visit some various pharmacies to find some over-the-counter favorites that may help ease your cold. You can be the judge of what may work for you.
- IT WILL END: Your doctor is right, your cold is almost over. Remain positive and keep telling yourself this monster of a cold will go away. But, see a doctor. Just make sure nothing is worse than it feels. Good luck!