How To Treat Your Common Cold

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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HOW TO TREAT YOUR COMMON COLD? ‘Tis the season. Everyone seems to be getting sick or has just gotten over a nasty illness. So far so good. You have managed to go unscathed, until tonight, that is. Without warning, a sore, scratchy, throat has announced the arrival of your first head cold in over a year.

Bad timing. Tomorrow is the staff meeting and big project presentation. It would be impossible to stay home from work. Or would it? Consider the fact that the first couple of days of a cold, when symptoms include sore throats, coughs and runny noses, having you in the workplace is a liability. Not only are you contagious, but the quality of work suffers because of an inability to really concentrate. Sitting around the conference table, sneezing and coughing, will probably contribute to your co-worker’s sickness that comes on in a couple of days. Your fellow office-mates should be thanking you for calling in sick and not exposing them to whatever you’ve got.

Do you remember the last time you went into the office with a bad cold? First there was the 40 minute commute in the overheated train, then the walk to the office in the freezing rain, and arrival at your desk, feeling like you just wanted to crawl back into bed. Useless and miserable, you left at noon and that night felt a whole lot worse.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for the common cold, although over-the-counter remedies such as decongestants and cough medications can alleviate the symptoms somewhat. Claims that zinc or Echinacea or Olive Leaf Extract lessen the duration of a cold, have not conclusively been substantiated. But sometimes the psychological benefits of taking an immune-boosting supplement, can speed up recovery. The time-honored remedy of chicken soup is comforting and can clear sinus passages temporarily.

The one known cure for the common cold is, Time. Duh, just stay home while feeling miserable! Rest and give the body a chance to recuperate. While resting, drink beverages that make you feel better, like teas with honey or fresh fruit juices with vitamins and minerals.
If your cold is accompanied by a fever and other severe bronchial symptoms, don’t hesitate to call your doctor. Occasionally, a course of antibiotics is necessary to knock out what has become a bacterial infection.


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