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Tips for Treating a Cold

October 27, 2016

Sick.jpgMost people associate illnesses and colds with wintertime because we’re most often trapped inside spreading germs in confined spaces. In truth, you can catch a cold anytime, anywhere.

When it comes to treating a cold, what’s a myth and what actually works? Find out below with these tips for treating a cold:

Fact: Chicken soup is good for the soul—and your cold

Not only is it a way to appease your appetite (or lack of an appetite), it also helps ease pain. The ingredients in chicken soup act as anti-inflammatory remedies when fighting colds.

Fact: Nasal sprays are your friend

Saline sprays and neti pot techniques work wonders for congestion. If you don’t want to buy one over the counter, you can create your own saline mixture of ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda and 8 ounces of warm water. In addition to helping congestion, this can help prevent infection.

Myth: Hand sanitizer is just as effective as washing your hands

To kill bacteria that spread colds and other diseases, the hand sanitizer should be at least 60 percent alcohol. However, good ol’ fashioned warm water and soap is the best defense when cleansing your hands and ridding your body of unwanted microbes.

Myth: Wet hair will help you catch a cold

Having wet hair or wet clothes will not increase your chance of catching a cold or becoming ill. While you won’t be comfortable because you’ll be cold, it won’t make you sick. Unless you become so cold that you catch hypothermia, you’ll be fine to strut outside with a wet head.

When to go to the doctor

Below is a list of indications that what you’re battling isn’t just a cold, but rather, a more serious illness that requires medical attention.

  • Light-headed and dizziness
  • Persistent fever
  • Constant or severe vomiting
  • Being disoriented or confused
  • Shortness of breath

There are many other ways to treat colds, as well. Do some research and find out what works best for your body. Call your doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed above.