How to Care for Common Colds
Nobody likes hacking and sneezing all day long and on top of that blowing their nose every hour if not more. I know I don't like these at all. But isn't it great to have an immune system to help you fight these colds? You wouldn't survive without it. It is just irritating having to go one to two weeks fighting it.
Working in the emergency department, I see a lot of people come in with flu/cold like symptoms. To be honest, there isn't much we can do for you unless you have something more severe like bronchitis or influenza. With that being said, doctors will usually test you for these if you have multiple symptoms. Even then, I advise you to save your money and go to acute care instead of coming to the Emergency Department, unless you feel it is an Emergency. We will never turn anyone down who thinks they are dying, but I am going to give you some tips and tricks to utilize at home to help you get through these next few weeks and save a few dollars.
Everyone hates that nagging sore throat that wont go away. Here are some home remedies to try to help relieve that sore throat.
- gargle with warm salt water (helps decrease swelling and irritation)
- Drink lots of fluids. Warm beverages are best.
- utilize a humidifier at nighttime
- take an over the counter anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen, Advil, aleve)
If you feel your sore throat is aching down more lower in your throat, make sure you are seen by a healthcare provider.
Home remedies that can help your nagging cough:
- take a hot steamy shower
- drink lots of fluids
- Use over the counter cough and cold medications (NyQuil, Mucinex)
- Vicks Vapor Rub (put this on your chest when you sleep at night)
If your cough lasts for over 2 weeks and is productive conjoined with night sweats, see your healthcare provider immediately.
Blowing your nose all day is not something anyone wants to do. Try these home remedies to help your sinus' feel better and keep your nose from turning red.
- Try over the counter decongestants (NyQuil, Mucinex)
- Breathe steam from a hot shower (be careful not to burn yourself)
- Drink Lots of fluids
- Stay warm and rested
- Put warm packs on your sinus'
- Try sleeping in a recliner to prevent laying flat
Remember, never to delay care if concerned about a life or death situation. If you or your child is having trouble breathing, get seen immediately.