Tips and tricks on how to beat a cold – part 1

Hi all!

As you know it’s that time of the year, people start sneezing, coughing, calling off sick at work... Welcome to the common cold season! Due to my background in healthcare I decided to create this post to give you some tips and tricks on how to beat a cold.

Please raise your hands if you never suffered from this. Seriously, please let me know in the comments, because I want your secret!

Common colds usually last for one to two weeks, and a virus causes them (don’t waste your time with antibiotics, they won’t cure it). The symptoms can include sneezing, coughing, sore throat or blocked and runny nose. I can say it’s almost inevitable to get contaminated, so I gathered a few tips and tricks to make your life less miserable during that time.

1 – Have plenty of fluids
From water, to several cups of tea, the important thing is to keep yourself hydrated. You will be losing plenty of water through your nose, so make sure you force yourself to drink.

2 – Have plenty of rest
Actually, resting and relaxing helps the body to focus its energy into the immune system. If you have to go to school or to work (I know sometimes it’s hard to call off sick), make sure you go straight home and put yourself under a blanket. And don’t forget to take your drink with you!

3 – Medication to alleviate the symptoms
Medication exists to make our life more comfortable.
If you’re on a budget, paracetamol is your best friend. Make sure you don’t take more than 4g per day, please. If you have a sore throat, ibuprofen can help, since it’s an anti-inflammatory, although make sure if eat something before you take this, since it can affect your stomach. Also, if you have a runny or blocked nose you can use a decongestant spray, they can be very inexpensive – you could get those three items for less than £3.
If you don’t mind spending a few more ££, you can take combined medicines, such as Day and Night Nurse, I find these very helpful, since they have everything you need for the whole day, but for £5.99, it’s nearly double the price of the previous option. But I know convenience wins sometimes.
Please before you take any medication, read the leaflet and check any side-effects and contra-indications!

4 – Medication to prevent
Right, many people believe vitamin C and zinc cure the colds… Well there’s been a lot of research about this subject, and it has been scientifically proven that vitamin C and zinc do not prevent any colds. Having said that, there was another study who found that taking those supplements daily, could ease the symptoms in case that you got contaminated with a cold. Also there’s a lot of talk about Echinacea. Actually studies have proven that this had showed some positive effect, although not at all significant. Basically, it’s up to you to take these supplements or not.

I’m working on writing the part 2 of this post, with some beauty tips and tricks, it will be live on Wednesday. Subscribe, so you don’t miss it.

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