Everyone has caught a cold or had the flu at one time or another. You know the common cold symptoms: you cough, you sneeze, your head aches, your nose leaks, your eyes are blurry, and you just plain feel miserable. Sound familiar? As much as we all wish there was a cold cure, it’s just not here yet. But there are ways to alleviate the pain and suffering of the common cold. Let’s first examine how we’ve all caught our little illness, and then we can examine cold treatment.
How to Catch the Common Cold
Colds tend to hide in the most obvious places, which makes them very easy to catch. First, while out and about, we leave our gloves and hand protection at home. This makes it so that when we put our hands on easily infected items, the cold will be magically attracted to our hands and just climb aboard, making the catch almost no effort on our part. These items can include shopping carts, railings, door handles, phones, computers, steering wheels, handshakes, and MANY more. All of your friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and kids are very generous, offering to give you the cold that they themselves have caught. They may offer it by sneezing, coughing, kissing, shaking hands, or hugging. And you thought they were just being nice. Well, now that you’ve caught the common cold, let’s see how to get rid of it, or at least live with it for a while.
How to (almost) Cure the Common Cold
Believe it or not, simply resting in bed and drinking lots of fluids will go a long way in getting rid of your cold. The common cold loves stress, and will attach to all incoming stress with alacrity. Fluids rich in vitamin C and water will help the cold swim its way out of your system. Another thing to do is to blow your nose often: Don’t sniffle! Blowing your nose literally blows more and more of the cold out. When the cold has attacked your throat, try gargling with salt water to soothe your esophagus. Try taking vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene. Apparently, colds really don’t like such vitamins and minerals, and may leave your system sooner if you take them. And next time, use a good hand sanitizer to keep from catching that cold in the first place!
As soon as science makes a cure for the common cold, I will certainly let you know, but for now, these are a few things you can do to work out the cold you’ve already caught. Happy trails!