27
February
2012

Head cold remedies: What are my options?

Read about the best cures for your head cold

Finding relief when you’re suffering a bad head cold can be difficult. There are pharmaceutical options and home remedy choices, but at the end of the day, there’s no cure for a head cold, only ways to ameliorate the symptoms.

Head colds are brought about by a virus, which means that antibiotics are not effective in treating a head cold. The most important thing to do when suffering a cold is to treat your symptoms and help your body fight off the infection.

Medications
Pharmaceutical companies have a broad range of options for us when it comes to cold medicines, but remember that over-the-counter cold medications will only be able to provide relief for your symptoms, and only temporary relief, at that. The virus that causes a head cold cannot be “cured” and these medications will not prevent, get rid of, or even shorten the duration of a head cold.  As with most all medications, these drugs have side effects and should not be taken for extended periods of time.
Always be careful to read the labels of all cold medicines you use to make sure that you are taking them correctly.
Hydration
Our bodies’ essential processes depend on having adequate water to keep functioning, and this is especially true when we’re suffering a head cold. Make sure you’re drinking no less than eighty ounces of water every day. This means the equivalent of ten eight-ounce glasses of water, juice, diluted sports drink, hot tea with honey, or soup broth. Just be sure to avoid caffeinated drinks, which have a diuretic effect and can actually end up dehydrating us further.
R&R
Your body will thank you for staying warm and well rested, as it’s trying to win the immune battle against your head cold. Reserving energy by not moving around too much and staying in warm, low-stimulation environments means helping your body win the fight.
Keeping clear
Making sure your nasal passages are clear is an important step in recovering from a cold. This means you should be blowing your nose regularly, and doing it correctly. Gently blowing your nose, one nostril at a time, is important to fighting a cold. Make sure you’re not sniffing up nasal discharge – if you have the urge, blow your nose instead.
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Michelle Spatz, Amanda Maynes

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