Getting a runny nose is a pretty normal occurrence this time of the year. People catch all sorts of viruses in winter. Combating a cold is an inconvenient task for many especially when combined with a fever and headache. There are a number of treatment measures available in which we can treat ourselves. There is always the nearest urgent care center that can administer treatment, but there should always be some basic knowledge of how to deal with colds and the flu at home.
- Care should be taken when taking medicine that contains aspirin as there can be an allergic reaction. It should never be administered to children unless a doctor or a medical consultant suggests it.
- Cough syrups and suppressants should only be taken after being prescribed by a consulted physician. Certain suppressants can be narcotic (such as Codeine) which requires very careful administering.
- Nasal decongestants work for short term relief. The medicine prescribed to you by your physician is important because decongestants work by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose, preventing runny noses.
- Colds and the flu are viral attacks on the body. Antibiotics do not curb or rid the body of these viruses but they do work for symptoms from the viruses such as fever.
- Always remember to read the warning labels on medicine that you are prescribed. You can trust your physician, but it always helps to double check the instructions printed upon the medicine’s labels to ensure safe usage. Some medicines, such as Acetaminophen which is used for curing fever, can cause the thinning of blood.
- High protein diets are good for the immune system and a good immune system keeps a cold at bay.
- Exercise more as that leads to getting rid of germs via sweat.
- Rest more as that allows your immune system to build up in order to fend off viruses and infection.
- Wash your hands frequently and carry a sanitizer with you. It helps to keep things clean before and after meals and prevents a lot of viruses from being ingested.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Alcohol can make for restless nights, and it is easier to catch a virus when your body is tired.
- Consumption of Vitamin C is great to prevent colds. Eating fruits rich in Vitamin C like oranges can certainly help.
- Carry your own pen. By always using your own pen, you cut the risk of touching other’s germs on public pens at the bank, office, etc.