Now that the holidays are almost over can you use 21 tips to help treat a cold and flu? It’s so wonderful to get together with family and friends, but sometimes we catch a cold or flu when we see each other at parties or wherever groups gather together. Yes, we try to wash our hands as often as possible, but the air inside our homes sometimes spreads the germs from sneezes and coughs.
I’ve had a bit of a sinus infection so I thought today I would share some of my tips to treat a cold and flu or help alleviate the symptoms of these viruses.
Cold and Flu Tips
These are a few items I use to help with the symptoms of a cold and flu. Please remember to always check with your doctor if your gut tells you that you are too sick to deal with things on your own:
- Wash your hands with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is okay but not the best way to clean your hands to get the best protection from germs.
- Try not to touch your nose, eyes or mouth with your bare hands. Use a Kleenex or similar brand tissue and wash your hands after you blow your nose or start coughing.
- Try buying a Neti pot like this one: SinuCleanse Nasal Wash System, Plastic Neti Pot With Salt Packets. Be sure and use safe (clean) water or these can be harmful to your health.
- Gargle with salt water if it helps your sore throat.
- Buy some good lozenges like these: Organic Silver Lozenges – Soothing Honey with Lemon: The Perfect Cough Drop for Cough, Throat & Mouth Health or Even Daily Supplementation and Immune Support – Contains 30ppm Silver Solution in Each Drop – My Doctor Suggests Brand These are the only ones I buy and I’ve experienced some favorable results from their use.
- Use a humidifier like this one: Cool Mist Humidifier – Ultrasonic Humidifier “No Noise” plus Aroma Diffuser – 7 Color LED Lights, Auto Shut-off. 2.8 Liter Tank, Lasts All Night. I can’t believe how much difference a good quality humidifier can make. Some like the cool air generated, other like warm air.
- Use a vaporizer like this one: Vicks Nursery 1 Gallon Vaporizer with Night-Light. I grew up with a vaporizer, then the doctors all said to use a cool mist humidifier. I’m back to using the warm vaporizer, is is just me or do they work better for you?
- Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water. It really makes for a healthier life during both hot and cold seasons of the year. Your body needs WATER!
- Take a spoonful of honey every day unless your health will not tolerate it. Honey soothes your throat for sure and is a better sweetener than sugar.
- Cover your cough to keep the germs from spreading in the room. Try carrying some tissues or a handkerchief with you wherever you go.
- If you are sick please stay home from church, the stores, work, basically anywhere that you’ll interact with others who may be susceptible to your germs.
- Keep the bathrooms clean and disinfected. Use paper towels or give everyone their own hand towel to use when washing their hands. This is a good idea even when people are healthy. Remember, there are many different kinds of germs and they can be spread a number of different ways we don’t always think of.
- Replace your toothbrushes or rinse them with alcohol and let them dry.
- Replace your pillows from time to time, or wash them often since they absorb germs while you sleep.
- Replace or wash your pillow cases often too. This will keep the germs from spreading day to day.
- Get plenty of sleep and eat healthy foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.
- Use Clorox wipes on doorknobs, phones, light switches, and remote controls. Can you just imagine the bacteria on these? Yikes!
- Wipe all electronic devices with an appropriate cleaner (germs are there even if you can’t see them).
- Know the difference between a cold and the flu and treat them appropriately: WebMD Cold or Flu
- Drink warm or hot drinks to help relieve congestion (not too hot or it will burn your mouth).
- Take a steamy shower and be sure to breathe in the warm air. Dry off fast and then dress warmly so you don’t get a chill.