You’ve caught a cold. There is no sure fire cure. Scientists believe it is viral and could be one of some 200 viruses that cause colds. It is usually spread by body fluids such runny nose or coughing that spreads germs to others. Now that you have it, you want to know how to get rid of common cold.
There are all kinds or remedies available, none of which will stop it, but some will alleviate the symptoms. Getting rid of a cold is an individual affair. It depends on the degree of intervention you choose. For this discussion we will start with a low level of intervention to the more aggressive ones.
The lowest level of intervention is to do practically nothing. Take long periods of sleep. Stop all strenuous exercise. If possible stop working. Proponents of this method argue that the body is stressed and needs to recover. They advocate eating properly. Here again, there is no magic food that will get rid of common cold. Eat only fruits and vegetables. Do not eat proteins, fats and starches. Always drink plenty of warm water.
The next level of intervention would be the use of home remedies. Here again, there are no magic bullets, but some herbs and vitamins will shorten the duration of your cold. High on the list is chicken soup. Believe it or not, scientists have found that chicken soup is an anti inflammatory agent and stops the movement of cells that foster inflammation. It also speeds up the movement of mucus in the nose. Garlic soup is another good choice. It has oils that sooth sore throats and persistent coughs. It also opens up respiratory passages and helps to lower fever. Green tea is another favorite. A simple salt-water gargle is another good remedy. Warm water and honey will help sooth your sore throat and cough. You can also try lemon juice. The green tea and lemon are excellent antioxidants. Some people prefer chamomile tea.
In this same category we have herbs and vitamins. Vitamins C, D and E are all good immune system boosters. Taken in the correct dosages they can shorten the length of your cold. Zinc has been found to help with getting rid of colds. Among the herbs, Echinacea is high on the list. It can shorten the duration of your cold. Petroleum jelly placed under the nose or on the chest gives off vapors that sooth irritation.
The most aggressive level of intervention would be cough medicines and analgesics. There is a wide variety sold over the counter. You can choose the one that best suits your needs