Monday, August 11, 2014

My Tips for Getting Rid of That Head Cold

Disclaimer:  My title might be Dr., but I am not YOUR doctor.  These are just the things that work best for me.  Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medications/supplements.  :)

I know the blog has been kinda quiet here lately - part of that has just been the sheer craziness with Samantha going back to school and stuff going on at work.

Part of it has also been that for the second time in a month I have come down with a head cold.  Thanks to my allergies I have fought my fair share of head colds but thankfully I keep an arsenal on hand to combat them early when they do strike so that I don't feel quite as bad and get better faster.

And I thought today I'd share those with you - because who doesn't get a head cold at least once or twice a year??

Before proceeding please read the disclaimer above :)  I've used what I learned in school to establish my own routine and while it works best for me, it might not work best for everyone.  Plus, I think it goes without saying that if you are running a fever or showing signs of a more serious infection you should definitely see your doctor!  AND, you should always discuss your current medications or medical conditions with a doctor or pharmacist before taking any over the counter remedies.

Well, now that we've gotten all that mumbo jumbo out of the way...

Even though the word TIPS is plural, meaning more than one, I really have one a few and they are very short and to the point.

1.  If you feel yourself coming down with anything, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS establish a strict handwashing regimen and use hand sanitizer after touching your face or blowing your nose.  I would also hit common things you touch (i.e. the computer mouse or the pen you write with) with a Clorox or other sanitizing wipe.

2.  Within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms, begin taking an over the counter zinc supplement.  I prefer the zinc lozenges myself, even though those have to be taken every 2-4 hours to be effective and you cannot eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after you take one.  They make quick dissolve tablets now that disintegrate on your tongue, as well as nasal swabs that might be more convenient.  Whichever product you chose, read the directions CAREFULLY to get the full benefit of the supplement.  And especially make sure you begin using it within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms!!!

3.  Load up on vitamin C!!!  I particularly like Emergen-C but any vitamin C supplement will do.  Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin so anything your body does not need will come right back out in your urine.  I usually start my day with an Emergen-C and then wait 30 minutes before I pop my first zinc lozenge.

4.  HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE.  I cannot stress this enough.  Water will help flush out the yuck and keep mucus (eww!!!) thinner and easier to manage.  At least 64oz daily y'all, which is what you should be drinking anyways :)

And there you have it!  Again, these are the things that work best for ME.  When I stick to my regimen I do not feel like I have to climb in bed and stay there all day and I usually feel back to my usual self within about 4 or 5 days.  I hope that if you try any of these tips that they work for you too!

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