A cold doesn’t have to hijack your life. Follow these top tips to put up the best defense against catching one — and have a gameplan for treating symptoms if you do. After all, a common cold is best tackled with common sense.
KEEP IT TO
Stay home, clear your calendar and rest.
Catch coughs and sneezes with something washable or a tissue.
Wash your hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose.
GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. FAST.
It happens to the best of us, but you don’t have to take it lying down (well, you probably should lie down for a bit). Get on top of symptoms to get back to your life.
Whether it’s tea, warm water with lemon or broth, drinking warm liquids can be soothing, prevent dehydration and ease congestion.
As well as a runny nose, swollen nasal membranes and sinuses. Swelling is from inflamed blood vessels. Afrin shrinks the swollen nasal membranes in seconds, so you can breathe more freely.
Scratchy throat? Coughing yourself hoarse? Try the classic saltwater gargle remedy — as well as ice chips, sore throat sprays, lozenges or hard candies.2
Muscle aches make most things difficult, especially sleep. OTC pain medications like Aleve® can help — just follow the recommended dosage.
12-HOUR NASAL CONGESTION RELIEF IS SECONDS AWAY.
Just like your phone, your immune system recharges while you sleep. Aim for at least eight to 10 hours a day3. And take that nap.
Cold season = cold, dry air. And this can worsen a sore throat. A humidifier is a great tool – or simply breathe deeply under a warm shower.4
Coughs irritate throats and keep you up at night. OTC cold and cough medicines can help.2 Just check that the ingredients won’t interact with anything else you’re taking. Use as directed.
The truth is, you can take every precaution and still end up sick. But throw everything at that sneaky virus and it won’t have you on the ropes for long.
Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed November 2, 2022.
Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt. Mayo Clinic. Accessed November 2, 2022.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Easing Cold Symptoms. John Hopkins Medicine. Accessed November 2, 2022.
Stuffy or runny nose – adult. Mount Sinai. Accessed November 2, 2022.