Thursday, 6 December 2018

Dealing with a cold? try some of these tips for quick relief


Dealing with a cold? try some of these tips for quick relief


I know this is not my usual type of post because its nothing to do with anxiety, but I'm feeling like absolute rubbish right now. One of the worst times of year for me is winter I'm constantly suffering from colds, and they can litrally last for weeks the sneezing, sniffing, coughing, dizziness, and high temperature makes me want to sleep the entire duration of it away.





Colds are horrendous and can leave me feeling so weak and disgusting my hearing becomes muffled, I often suffer laryngitis, and no amount of medicine will shift it. However, there are some things I try to do at home, which won't cure it but it can make me feel a little better.

Sore throat relief



Honey 

Honey has many antibacterial properties it can help to soothe a sore throat and relieve pain and irritation. Either take a spoonful of honey every now and then or make a warm honey drink. 

Lemon

Lemon is really good at healing a sore throat, as the acidic nature of it can break up any excess mucus, it's also loaded with vitamin c so it can really help to relieve it. Mix some lemon into warm water and knock it back. 

Honey and lemon combined

Prepare a warm drink mixed with both honey and lemon, it can help soothe your throat and give you that extra vitamin c.

Saltwater

Disgusting I know but it works. Mix some salt into warm water take a deep breath, get it to the back of your throat, gargle then spit out. Saltwater can quickly help to heal anything do this several times a day for relief. 


Suck on lozenges

I've just only discovered fisherman's friend lozenges and oh my god do they work, they numb my throat and actually taste okay. 


Runny blocked nose



Nasal spray

If you're struggling to breathe because your nose is so blocked then using some nasal spray can quickly help you to breathe more easily. 

Steam

Sometimes I just run a boiling hot shower for a few minutes and then sit and inhale the steam, it helps open up the nasal passages and eases a blocked nose. 

Sleep with your head elevated

When you lay down use a couple of pillows to prop yourself up, it will help you breath and allow the excess fluid in your nose drain naturally. 


Coughing



Drink plenty

When I'm experiencing a cold and cough, the last thing I want to do is drink water, but it is essential to keep hydrated. Try to avoid milk as it can make mucus ten times worse, either water or honey and lemon will work great. 

Vapor Rub

Rub a generous amount of vapor rub on your chest and throat and it can help you breath more easily and stop the constant coughing at night. 

Covonia 

I cannot stand the taste of this stuff but it does really work just hold your breath and have the stated amount, it can help quickly relieve a cough and can be used throughout the day. 

If you're generally feeling rubbish which you most probably are, then try to get plenty of rest even if its just sitting all comfy watching a movie with your honey and lemon. Usually a cold can last up to two weeks, however, If your cough is getting worse and you're coughing up thick green or yellow mucus, then it could be a sign of an infection go see your doctor for advice. 



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What kinds of things do you do to help ease a cough and cold? x



















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