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Lose That Cold Quickly So You Can Enjoy the Holidays!

Nobody likes getting a cold. In fact, on the scale of the Worst Things That Happen in Winter, colds rank only slightly higher than sliding off the road into a ditch. As of this writing, it is only a month until Christmas, so we are very much into the cold and flu season now. Being sick over the holidays not only ruins things, it makes friends and family want to keep their distance from you!

So, what can you do? There is no magical pill that will make a cold go away, so they have to run their course. However, there are ways you can help to speed up that process.

Fluids, Fluids, and More Fluids

When you are feeling sick, about the only liquids you want to ingest are coffee to help you stay conscious and, maybe, some hot decongestant mixture. However, you should not only maintain your regular daily dose of water, but heighten it. Keeping hydrated helps to not only fight congestion, but allows your body to function as best it can, a key in helping you clear the virus faster. BTW, that coffee is actually dehydrating you, so stick to things like water, orange juice, and herbal tea.

Humidity

It can get remarkably dry indoors during the winter, which is ironic considering all of that frozen water making life hell outside. Dry air just makes a cold seem even more tiresome. Use a humidifier to moisten the air as this can also help to break up decongestion.

Medication

Speaking of relief from congestion (and all of the unpleasantness that comes with it), you can visit your doctor for a prescription or use one of the many over-the-counter offerings available from your local pharmacy. This can also help reduce the headaches and other pain that colds induce. Be sure to read the directions and do not overmedicate yourself; that won’t make you feel better any faster. If anything, it will simply cause you more problems. Gargling with salt water can help to relieve sore throats.

Stay in Bed

Nobody wants to work when they feel sick, but people often haul themselves into the office anyway because they don’t want to get behind or have no sick days left. This is a bad idea because you can not only infect co-workers, but you are probably also prolonging the length of your illness.

You’re sick, so take advantage of the legitimate excuse to stay home and rest. Binge watch some shows, read a book, or simply do nothing at all.