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How to Get Over a Cold Quickly

Updated on March 26, 2012

Catching a cold or flu can be a very annoying problem. It can make you feel miserable for days. The congestion, fever, stuffiness, sore throat and other symptoms can interfere with your day and keep you from getting the sleep you need at night. Finding ways to get over a cold quickly can not only make you feel better sooner, it can also help you get the rest you need so you can meet the challenges of each day.

However, you should know that to get over a cold fast does not necessarily mean that you can shorten the length of life to the virus, which is the root cause of the symptoms. You can only treat the symptoms associated with the virus. By doing this, you can succeed in taking away much of the discomfort and annoyance that the common cold brings. Here are a few methods that will help you get over a cold more quickly.


It sounds pretty simple, but your attitude directly affects how to get over a cold fast. If your mindset is that the world is going to end because you feel miserable, then your symptoms will seem that much harsher. On the other hand, if you make the best of your situation and keep your attitude light and positive, it will help you get over a cold fast because when the symptoms do lighten up, you will feel that much better. A positive attitude is perhaps the greatest weapon you can use against the symptoms of a cold.


Drinking more water will not only help flush away the phlegm in your throat, but also will help your body work better to fight off the effects of a cold. Your body uses more resources when fighting colds and flu and dehydration is one result. By properly hydrating your body, you help it work better to fight the cold symptoms.


It can be difficult to get the proper amount of rest when your sinus passages are clogged up, but if you can, a good night’s rest can help your body recover faster and fight the cold symptoms better. Use decongestants to unclog your nasal passages so you can breathe better and get more sleep.


This can be a tricky one depending on the severity of your cold. A mild cold can be helped if you maintain a good exercise routine, particularly an aerobic activity such as jogging or walking. However, if your cold is serious or you have the flu, then avoid exercising as it will drain your body and not help you fight off the symptoms.


The old saying “feed a cold” is right. The intake of good food can help replenish your body to fight off the cold faster and overcome the symptoms more quickly than if you don’t eat at all. So be sure to eat only healthy foods when fighting off a cold.

These are a few simple ways to help get over a cold faster. By maintaining a positive mental approach to keep the cold in its proper perspective, and by following these few simple suggestions, you should certainly succeed in speeding up the recovery process.


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      nobody 5 years ago

      good thinking

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Rolly, great point about the nasal rinse. I use neti-pot whenever I have sinus trouble and it is very effective indeed.

      Susan, your hot buttered rum recipe has also come in very useful in our household!

      Hi Melovy, being positive is a great step towards recovery! Joyce, I think that some men just like to feel sorry for themselves and enjoy ringing the little bell for service..!

      Hi JS Matthew, your feedback is very important to me; thanks for the vote and share :)

      LL Woodard, I really hate feeling sorry for myself when I get a cold. I would much rather accept it and move on! It always helps me to feel better! Take care :)

      b.Malin, yup a good bowl of chicken noodle soup works wonders. Especially homemade. Here's to your health!

      Hi leann2800, I'm glad you found it useful. Take care and stay healthy :)

      Hi Ruchira, wow you are such a loyal follower reading and commenting on all of my hubs in the 30 day challenge! Thanks for your suggestion of adding proteins and vitamin C; two very appropriate considerations when suffering with a cold. Thanks for your vote!

      Take care,


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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      allergies and this sneezing is so appropriate for this season, Louise.

      Piling up on Proteins and vitamin C is also quite helpful.

      thanks for the tips :)

      voted up!

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      This is very useful this time of year. So many people get colds and it just drags on but life makes us keep moving.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Perfect Hub to be reading at the start of a COLD! The only thing missing is the tried and true "Chicken Noodle Soup" Susan. Good Tips and Useful Information which I am now Following with a Good Attitude!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      It's wonderful that you've mentioned the common sense tips of drinking plenty of water, getting adequate rest and eating healthfully. But to that, you have added both attitude and exercise -- things I've not yet heard any health care practitioner mention to me or anyone else.

      I agree wholeheartedly with your suggestions and would add that a positive attitude can make a world of difference in healing from any illness.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      These are some really great tips! I like the first one, Attitude. It is so true. We are what we think we are and if we have the right attitude we can get better soon. Nice Hub! Up and SHARED!


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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your so right about attitude. I hate to hear I have a cold from my husband, because he gets down in the dumps straight away. Voted up, interesting and useful, Joyce.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I find it very interesting that you’ve put attitude at number one. I have found that this has a huge effect on how l feel and how long it takes to get over a cold. I used to get heavy colds, but now rarely do. I agree with all your other suggestions too.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm not one that lets a cold get the best of me, I just carry on. I agree that attitude has a lot to do with how one feels. Great suggestions and tips on how to beat that cold.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Ah... tis the season alright... great article. I have been using a nasal rinse system for the past three years and have avoided the cold. Certainly works for me... and I do agree with all the suggestions here...