So this time of the year has begun, and everybody is starting to feel ill. Unfortunately I am one of those people whose immune system doesn’t seem to care about whether I am ill or not. I get ill quite easily and when I do, it’s really bad. Of course sometimes it’s just a runny nose but other times it’s a bacterial or viral infection and then I’m out for days. Now at the beginning of 2017, I’ve fallen ill again so I decided to give you some tips that will help you with a cold or something the like.
Let’s get started:
This is one of the most obvious tips but it really helps, it won’t do you any good to be stressed or do exercise while you’re ill.
- Use Heat
A good old fashioned hot water bottle can do wonders. The gentle steady warmth will loosen up your muscles, and soften up phlegm to help it come up (e.g if you have a cough).
When you’re ill, fluids are your friends. They’ll help unclog your nose and thin any mucus so you can cough or blow it out. If you don’t drink enough water when you’re sick and become dehydrated, the lack of body water can lead to new or worsening nausea and vomiting. Keeping ahead of the game by drinking plenty of water helps you avoid this problem, it also helps soothe a sore throat. Preferably drink hot drinks like tea.
If you have a sore throat, honey will help. It’s rich in vitamin C, which is known for boosting immune function to help fight against infection. Honey will coat your throat and soothe it.
- Steam Inhalation
This will help you keep your nasal passages free. Inflamed nasal passages can lead to sneezing, a runny nose and sore eyes.
- Nasal Sprays
Using a gentle saline nasal spray, or drops three to four times a day can help stop a runny nose and make it easier to breathe.
- Blow Your Nose
It’s better than sniffling mucus back into your head. But make sure you do it the right way. If you blow hard, you’ll send germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, which can lead to an earache. It’s best to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.
Gargling can moisten a sore throat to bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt, or use honey, dissolved in warm water, four times daily.
If you aren’t getting any better you should try some over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, paracetamol or aspirin/dafalgan.
If you’re feeling really bad or you can’t get rid of the cold, you should definitely go see a doctor. You might have a viral or bacterial infection, in which case the doctor will most likely prescribe you antibiotics which should do the job.
I certainly hope you are all well! Have a healthy winter x