We all recognize the narrative jumping in the throat, the stuffy nose, and then the sinking feeling when you realize, "I'm getting sick."
But don't just sit there waiting to see how bad it is. If you treat your symptoms early enough, you can see your wrists before they become serious. Hubble Daily compiled this expert guide to stop your cold in its tracks.
7:00 pm – Pour hot shower
"A warm shower can help cough with loosening of the secretions in the nose," said Professor Ron Eccles, a cold and flu expert and a professor of cardiovascular disease at Cardiff University.
While steam helps clear distorted sinuses, boiling water can relieve painful limbs.
08:00 – Vitamin C intake
"Morning is a good time to have a high dose of vitamin C," says nutritionist Amanda Ursell.
"Try a fruit salad made with oranges or kiwi for breakfast or fill the porridge with fresh berries. Whatever you eat, skip the tea and coffee, which contain caffeine and can dehydrate you. Instead, enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice. "
10:00 am – Try using salt water
Try using this inhaler to relieve coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.
"Sufferers put the tube in their mouths and inhale as normal, exhaling through their nose," explains nutritionist Julie Silver. "It allows microscopic salt particles to penetrate the respiratory tract and can relieve coughing and sneezing."
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12:00 pm – Stay and keep warm
FUTURE, stay indoors and keep warm when you get your first cold symptoms. "The nose is the first line of immune defense, where antibodies and clearing cells deal with viruses," says Dr. Sarah Brewer, MD, medical director at Healthspan.
"If the nose becomes too cold, these immune systems are not working properly, so you are more susceptible to infection. Staying indoors also restricts the spread of infection. If you need to go outside, wear a scarf around your nose to warm it up and, if necessary, use a moisturizing nose spray. “
1:00 pm – Chicken for lunch
"It's not just a story about old wives having to 'get a cold'," says Adam Frosh, a consultant surgeon at ENT at Lister Hospital in Stevens, Hertz.
“Chicken soup is warm, nutritious and makes you feel better. It's great comfort food and if ever there was a time when it was good to have comfort food, when you were feeling insufficient, it was the time. "
3pm – Keep well hydrated
"If you start to lighten the back of your throat and know that you are cold, the most important thing is to stay well hydrated," says Frosh.
"Always keep liquids and drink plenty of water.
"Some people want a warm child before bedtime if they have a cold. But, "Mr. Frosh warns," you have to be careful about drinking alcohol because it can dehydrate you and make you feel worse. "
4 pm – Snack on nuts
A Brazil Nuts handbook is the perfect way to give your immune system a boost in the afternoon.
"Brazil nuts contain selenium, which is key to the immune system," says Amanda Ursell. "It joins proteins and improves your body's ability to fight nasty viruses."
6 pm – Have a curry for dinner
The CD is a good excuse for spicy curry, Amanda adds.
"Warm spices, like chili, irritate the nose," she says. "This alleviates the impact of the nose and mucus. If you can clear it, you should immediately feel better. “
8 pm – take some medicine
People are often wary of taking too many pills, especially at the first signs of a cold.
But Mr Frosh recommends a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen if you are feeling insufficient.
"Most people don't realize that you can bring the two together," he says. Check the labels, but paracetamol can usually be taken four times a day and ibuprofen three times a day.
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"Take the last thing ibuprofen does overnight because it tends to last longer and will help you sleep better. They both do similar work and will work together to combat fever, pain and pain. "
22:00 – Sleep your 8 hours
"Similar deprivation can affect your immune system because it slows down the production of protective proteins," says sleep expert Sammy Margo.
"Not having eight hours can weaken your body's defenses and make it more susceptible to colds."