The crisp air, changing leaves and cozy nights that signal the approach of autumn also signify the arrival of the cold and flu season. The cold, dry air allows viruses to remain airborne for a prolonged period of time, and with students back in school and the weather forcing people together in enclosed spaces, the risk of infection is greatly increased. Below, we’ll cover some ways you can combat the frustrating sniffles and stuffiness that accompany the coming season:
- Liquids like water, juice, warm tea, and honey will help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
Get Plenty of Rest
- In order for your body to fight off your cold, you need to allow it to rest. Don’t overdo it physically or mentally and take some time for yourself.
Try Saline Nasal Spray
- You can purchase over-the-counter saline nasal sprays to relieve congestion.
Use a Humidifier
- Try using a humidifier to add moisture back into the air which will help loosen the congestion. Taking a hot shower will help by adding moisture back into your nasal passages.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid these foods and beverages to prevent your symptoms from worsening:
- Caffeinated drinks
- Salty foods
Take Over-The-Counter Medication
- There are many options available at drugstores near you. You can try cough/throat drops or cough syrups. Pain relievers may also be helpful when trying to combat the symptoms of a cold.
Completely avoiding catching a cold in the fall is close to impossible, but you can take some of these steps to help combat those stubborn symptoms. Taking care of yourself is the number one priority. Stay healthy with these helpful tips for combating a cold this fall!