Every year, people across the United States catch over one billion colds—it’s no wonder why it’s called the “common cold”. In fact, you’re likely to experience more colds in your lifetime than any other illness.1 And when you do get a cold, you want to know how to get over it as fast as possible. With cold and flu season in full swing, here are 5 tips that can help you fight back and get rid of a cold fast.
1. Stay hydrated
One way to get rid of a cold is to flush it out by staying hydrated. Liquids can help break down congestion, keep your throat lubricated, and of course, prevent dehydration. So be sure to drink up: water, fruit juices and clear broths are great choices. Just make sure to stay away from alcohol, coffee and any caffeinated sodas as they can make dehydration worse.
2. Take it easy and rest up
When you’re fighting a cold and feeling under the weather, it’s important to take some time out and simply rest. Your immune system is busy working to fight off the infection, so your body needs time to restore and heal. That’s why it’s key to get as much sleep as possible. Embrace naps, turn in early and catch as many z’s as you can.
3. Add some moisture to the air
Another way to help get rid of a cold is to use a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to add some moisture to your home. This can really help loosen up congestion and can be especially helpful to relieve throat irritation. Just be sure to change the water daily.
4. Sip warm liquids
Warm liquids may help soothe a sore nose or throat and ease congestion symptoms, since they help increase mucus flow. Opt for things like chicken soup, herbal teas or just warm water with lemon for some soothing relief.
Feel better with Theraflu
While there is no immediate cure for a cold, over-the-counter cold and flu medicines like Theraflu can help ease your most severe symptoms and get you back on your feet. And with powerful symptom relief, especially at night, you’ll be able to rest easier as you recover—and feel better.
- Vorvick, L. J., MD. (2015, January 31). Common Cold. Retrieved September 19, 2016, from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000678.htm