If you do come down with a cold, there are a number of things you can do to help you get yourself back on form in next to no time. From painkillers to vitamins and natural remedies everyone has their own preferred way of getting themselves back on top when their feeling under the weather. When your cold symptoms start to bite, just follow these simple tips and you’ll be back on the road in no time.
Drink plenty of fluids: When you have a cold, it’s even more important than normal to make sure you don’t get dehydrated. As ever, water is the best way of doing this. But, orange juice and other liquids high in vitamin C could also help your immune system.
Steam inhalation: It might feel silly but steam inhalation is one of the most effective ways of easing nasal congestion. Sit with a towel over your head over a bowl of hot water. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply. For an added mucus-loosening boost, put a few drops of menthol oil in the water.
Pick the right medicine: Medicines containing paracetamol or ibuprofen-based products can help relieve pain and lower fever. Brands like Beechams have a wide range of products, designed to help relieve your exact symptoms. Decongestants such as phenylephrine work by reducing the swelling in the passageways of your nose and help to ease breathing when congested. Cough medicines help to relieve the irritation that causes coughing. There are different types of cough medicine available which can either help suppress a cough, when it is dry or tickly, or help relieve a cough when there is mucus and it is chesty. Speak to a doctor or pharmacist.Use an All in One product if you’re suffering with a chesty cough as well as other symptoms such as congestion, aches and pains.
Rest up: Although keeping fit and healthy is a great way of helping your body fight against viruses, once your cold takes hold its time to stop kickboxing. Conserve your energy and try and make sure you get enough sleep.