6 Tips For Tackling A Bad Cold

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By Giulia Guerrini, lead pharmacist at digital pharmacy www.medino.com

1 Take a steamy shower (or hot bath)

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This is an easy, quick way to go about tackling a bad cold and is actually very effective. Taking a steamy shower (or hot bath) will not only help to relax any muscle aches you’re experiencing as a side effect of your cold, but will also help to moisten sinus passages and ease nasal congestion. If you are taking a bath, you could also add some drops of peppermint oil or aromatic bath salts to ease your headache and open your airways.

2 Gargle paracetamol or salt water

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Depending on the severity of your cold, you will likely be experiencing a sore throat as a result of coughing, which can be uncomfortable at best and downright painful at worst. Gargling warm, salty water (about half a teaspoonful) a few times a day will help loosen mucus in the throat, while gargling soluble paracetamol can help relieve the pain associated with a sore throat.

3 Consider over-the-counter options

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There are many cold and flu medication options out there – both available on shop floors, over the counter, or from digital pharmacies like www.medino.com – but the age-old combination of paracetamol with decongestants and cough suppressants (like Day and Night Nurse, a favourite among many) will work to relieve symptoms and/or discomfort. You might also want to try a nasal spray that will help clear your blocked nose, such as oxymetazoline hydrochloride or similar.

4 Have hot liquids

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Chicken soup is the classic remedy for anyone suffering with a cold, but really any hot liquid (including tea, or in particular freshly ground ginger and lemon mixed into a hot drink) is effective at tackling a bad cold; the heat of the liquid helps your body to clear out mucus, which ultimately helps fight against the causes of the virus.

5 Stay hydrated

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While hot liquids are effective at lessening the symptoms of a bad cold, you must ensure that you stay hydrated at all times with water, too. It’s important to replace any fluids you may have lost as a result of the cold (from fever, for example), and water is also thought to loosen mucus.

6 Eat well

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Eating well is probably more of a preventative action to catching a cold than a treatment, but ensuring that you eat lots of prebiotics – fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for example – will help strengthen your immune system to fight back against colds. What’s more, taking lots of vitamin C (whether by eating citrus fruits or taking physical tablets) can help to shorten the length of time you have a cold.

Moira Chisholm

I'm the Health Editor on My Weekly and am always interested to hear what's new in this fascinating field. I also deal with the gardening, shopping pages, general features, our website content and the Ask Helen problem page. I have a special interest in Christmas content because I'm on the team for Your Best Ever Christmas Magazine, too!