Getting a cold is something you will have to live with from time to time. The coughing, the sneezing and having to keep blowing your nose is something you cannot easily get used to. The good thing is there are things that you can do and things that you can avoid doing to help make yourself better when you have a cold.
Here are some common mistakes people make that can make a cold worse:
Ignoring a cold
Acting like you are not sick is not going to help your cold because the body needs some extra strength to fight the infection. Not taking care of yourself when having a cold will only make you exhausted and worsen your symptoms.
Not taking enough fluids
Staying hydrated is not only necessary when the weather is hot; you need it when you have a cold. It helps to thin mucus and drain your sinuses better. Whether it is soup, hot tea or just water that you use, you will find staying hydrated is very important.
Not getting enough sleep
Your immune system (which helps fight germs) is boosted when you get enough sleep. Failure to do that, will make your cold worse and other than making it worse, it increases your risk of getting a cold in the first place.
Drinking alcohol can leave you dehydrated and that is not something you want, especially when you are sick. Alcohol does not help your immune system either and therefore you need to stay away from alcohol when you have a cold.
People who smoke generally get more colds than non-smokers and that is not a coincidence. It is simply because smoking is not good for your lungs as it damages cells in the lungs making it harder to fight off a cold. This explains why smokers usually have worse cold symptoms than non-smokers.
Stress weakens your immune system and that increases your chance of getting a cold. Managing your stress is therefore important in keeping your immunity in shape.
Overuse of decongestant Sprays
Decongestants are great for the first few days; however, when you stop using them, your stuffy nose will get worse.
Getting a cold is normal, what differs is how you choose to deal with it. We hope that this article will help you to better deal with colds.