The fastest way to get over a cold, say the old wives' tales, is just as swiftly efficient as the slowest way. One noted physician has said that "if one pampers a patient with a cold and lets him rest and relax, his cold will be gone in 14 days; if he gets out of bed, gets active and goes back to his life, it'll take two weeks." Is that 14 day/two week period really the fastest way to get over a cold?
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Well, getting over a cold or the flu may not be that simple, but there are several treatment methods to speed recovery, and cut some time off a cold's duration. And the best way to cut some time of a cold's duration begins with rest.
First and foremost, lots of sleep is essential to getting over a cold or the flu. A good eight hours per night, if you can manage it, will work wonders in strengthening the body's resilience and recovery rate. That's the first best advice for any cold sufferer: get all the sleep you can. It naturally directs the body's energy toward the battle for immunity going on inside. And use a blanket- self-contained heat always helps recovery.
As for the waking hours, one could get all kinds of over-the-counter prescriptions and medications to bring symptoms down and shorten their duration; however, most schools of thought prefer a more natural and less-medicated approach, since a great deal of the time one suffers through a cold is spent getting over the medicinal effects.
If the natural way is the best advice for any cold sufferer, there are several techniques the sufferer can use to cut the recovery time for a cold in half.
First, you should blow your nose frequently- and do it correctly. The more you blow, the less mucus slides back into your head and nasal passages, and the faster your body recovers. The best way to blow a nose, however, isn't the hanky-honking that many people do, since that can strain the nasal passages and cause an earache. Press a finger over a single nostril and blow into the hanky gently to clear the other nostril,then repeat the procedure. And naturally, you should wash your hands after you blow your nose.
Another great medicine-free tip is gargling, which moistens the throat, reduces redness and brings a great deal of relief to the sufferer. An astringent gargle is usually the best (such as a tannin-based tea), since it tightens the throat's membranes and reduces the "tickle" that induces sneezing and coughing. Another popular gargle is a more viscous sort, made by combining honey with apple cider vinegar; it's even better when mildly heated. Raspberry leaves steeped in hot water, with lemon juice and honey added, make up a third and very popular version.
Speaking of hot liquids, any soothing warm drink relieves congestion, prevents dehydration (hydrating the body with lots of liquids is essential in fighting colds) and soothes those nose and throat membranes that have become uncomfortably inflamed by the condition.
Apply this heated liquid rule even further and take a hot bath or, better still, a steaming shower. The steam will moisturize your nasal and throat passages, help to relax you and send you to bed ready to rest. Do you have influenza, with the dizziness that makes showering difficult? Run the shower while you relax on a nearby (waterproof) chair and give yourself a sponge bath.
Hot and cold packs around the sinuses work well, and are easily created with damp washcloths (heated for a minute in the microwave). Finally, sleep with an extra pillow- this helps drain nasal passages.Those are some of the best treatments, and all one of them make up the fastest way to get over a cold.