Between body aches, fever, congestion and chills, the common cold often comes with enough side effects to keep you in bed for days at a time wishing for relief. Fortunately, there are several home remedies you can try out to calm your symptoms quickly and effectively.
5 Popular Household Remedies
Dealing with a bad case of the common cold? Try these five tips and tricks to alleviate your discomfort and get back on your feet in no time.
1. Sip on Warm Liquids
Warm liquids — like tea or chicken noodle soup — can soothe a sore throat and ease nasal congestion. Add ginger and honey to your tea for extra symptom relief.
2. Up Your Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C can do wonders when it comes to boosting your immune system and relieving sickness. Oranges, grapefruits and lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C. Add a piece of fresh fruit to your meal or squeeze the juice into a cup of tea to reap all the health benefits.
3. Gargle With Salt Water
If your throat is bothering you, try a warm saltwater gargle. This can soothe any soreness and congestion, decrease your cold symptom severity and help prevent upper respiratory infections. To gargle saltwater, simply mix a dissolved teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and swish it around in your mouth before spitting it out.
4. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is vital to regaining and maintaining your health. Drink plenty of water, as well as other hydrating beverages like natural fruit juice, tea and warm lemon with honey. Stay away from dehydrating drinks like caffeinated sodas and coffee.
5. Relieve Pain With Over-the-Counter Medication
Over-the-counter pain medication can alleviate your symptoms and help you get some much-needed rest. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines, are popular choices. Remember to follow the recommended dosages for any medication.
Try an IV Package for Extra Relief
Tried all the go-to household remedies in the book and still battling the unpleasant symptoms of a common cold? Mobile IV Medics offers a quick and effective solution.
Our cold and flu IV therapy contains a mixture of essential nutrients and medicines designed to ease your pain, rehydrate your body and help you return to health as fast as possible. Each package includes IV fluid mixed with nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory pain-relieving medication.
Best of all? Our trained nurse will come right to your home to administer the IV. You don’t even need to get out of bed to receive help.
Request Your IV Treatment Service Today
Ready to kick your cold to the curb? Schedule your IV therapy service online and one of our nurses will be headed your way in no time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to learn more!
About the author
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.