29
November
2012

Head colds that never seem to go away: How can they be cured?

Get rid of that pesky head cold that never gets better

The seasons change, the cold weather moves in, and the head colds commence. So how do you get rid of that pesky head cold that just won’t go away? A head cold is a viral infection that does not do much harm, and will eventually go away on its own, but it is an interfering, uncomfortable annoyance. By taking the right steps, such as healthy eating, rest, and drinking fluids, you have a better chance of getting rid of a cold that does not seem to budge.

The Remedies

Although there is no one solution to getting rid of a cold, there are many different remedies that might do the trick for you. Because there are many different symptoms of a head cold, from a runny nose, to congestion, to a headache, there are also different remedies that will diminish the symptoms of that aggravating, persistent cold. Here is a list of some of the best things you can try.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of fluids – especially warm water and hot tea. Keep the liquids flowing all day to rehydrate your body.

Make a bowl of soup

A steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup not only tastes good when you are home sick, but it will soothe sore throats, relieve congestion, and thin mucus. Make sure the soup is steaming to also help with decongestion!

Get a lot of rest

Don’t underestimate resting; your body needs time to recuperate – resting will boost the immune system and help fight off any infections.

Take some vitamin C

Help out your body to fight off infections by boosting your immune system with vitamin C.

Look for cold medicines

Non-prescription cold medicines have ingredients that lessen body aches and relieve coughs and nasal congestion.

Blow your nose

This will remove mucus and relieve congestion.

Eat lots of fruits and veggies

Eat a simple, raw food diet, or foods that are easy to digest, such as fruits and veggies. Avoid proteins, carbs, and fats.

Keep moisture in the air

Try to keep yourself in warm, humid environments and breathe in steam from a boiling pot or the shower.

Avoid diary

Avoid milk, cheese, cream, etc. Dairy will increase mucus production.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands frequently to avoid new germs.

Take a decongestant

If your head cold persists, visit your doctor for prescribed medications such as a decongestant.

When to see a doctor

If you have a persistent cold that lasts for more than a week or two, your cold probably will not be cured easily by any of the remedies listed above.

What to do next

Here we have presented some great ways to get rid of a pesky cold that never seems to go away. However, if none of these remedies seems to work for you, or if your cold is very severe, it is probably time to see a doctor.

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Categories: Head, Cold

Sarah Butler, Amanda Maynes

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