That slowly building itch in the back of your throat – do you have a cold?
and the slight stuffiness you feel in your nose – do you have a cold?
Usually it is a clear sign that a full blown cold is coming on soon and there is little you can do when it comes to avoiding it. One day you wake up and your head is hurting, you have a sore throat and you’re coming down with the fever. With a plethora of viruses working to make your life a living hell by giving you the cold, there’s a chance you will get sick at some point or the other during the year. As common as the common cold can be, suffering from it often doesn’t help ease the experience the next time. You never get used to it and you can never fully be immune to it. If you treat it properly, the cold is probably not going to last more than a couple of weeks but there are certain things that people do in a bid to battle the symptoms but they actually make the problem worse.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when they are suffering from the common cold that can make their time of misery last much longer than it should.
1. Trying To Play It Cool
People trying to play it cool makes the top of the list because literally almost everybody does this. Whenever people feel a cold coming on, they try to pretend that they do not have it. They feel like there are just too many important things to do than to worry about a little cough. Through either plain ignorance or through denial, people tend to avoid acknowledging that they are coming down with the common cold and that is why they are slow to react to taking precautionary measures.
When you start feeling the cold coming on, you really need to stop ignoring it and hoping it goes away without doing anything to you. It is better to take action against it as soon as possible so that you can stop it in its tracks before it gets really bad.
Where there are people who tend to play it cool, there are also people who kind of lose it when they feel a cold coming on Those people go overboard and at the first sign of trouble think that they have a bad bacterial infection and immediately resort to taking antibiotics to fight them off. The problem is that the common cold is caused by viral infection rather than bacteria. If you take antibiotics when you do not need to, you make your body immune to the antibiotics and when you do need them, they won’t work as well as they should. If you have the common cold, do not try to fix it with antibiotics. Over the counter medicine made to relieve the symptoms is more than enough for you to deal with this problem.
3. Spreading The Love
From the time you get infected to the time you start feeling the symptoms of the common cold, it can take about 4 to 5 days for it to kick in. While you may be feeling fine after being exposed to the virus, it is only the incubation period where the virus is just taking its sweet time replicating itself in the body and spreading around.This is why it is so important for you to be very careful about containing the germs when you get sick. The moment you start feeling a cold coming on, you should start taking all the necessary measures to make sure you do not spread it around. The common cold virus is contagious and when you sneeze and cough, you are expelling the virus into the air around you. That can make other people sick. That’s why it is recommended that during your recovery period, you should stay at home until you feel better. It’s not just so your body can get some much needed rest, it is also because you shouldn’t be spreading it to other people around you.
4. Ignoring Your Need To Rest
You need to get a lot of rest when you have the common cold. People acknowledge the fact that they are feeling more tired than usual because of the cold they’re suffering from and they try to push through it. The thing is that sleep is necessary for your body to fight off the virus that is making you sick. There is a reason why it is a cliché when people tell you that you need to get plenty of rest. You need to do so in order to help your body fight off the disease as quickly as possible. Not resting will only allow things to get much worse before they start getting better.
5. Not Drinking Enough Fluids
Feeling a sick as you do when you’re suffering from a cold, it can become a proper task trying to eat and drink. The tiredness can make you feel like it is just too much effort to drink and eat. Drinking plenty of fluids while you’re down with the sickness goes a long, long way when it comes to reducing the time you are suffering from the cold. The fluids help in loosening up the mucus and helping your body expel the virus containing mucus and your body is better at producing the mucus to capture the virus. You need to drink plenty and eat healthy while you’re sick so that you can flush out the entire virus infection from your body.
6. Stressing Out
There is a deep connection between the human mind and the body when it comes to fighting off disease. The human mind is a brilliant thing. When the time calls for it, the mind can work very well with your body to help you fight off disease. If you are stressing yourself too much, your recovery process is going to be adversely affected.
The less stress you take while you are recovering, the shorter time the cold will last. Listen to something relaxing and maybe meditate a little to help calm your nerves. It will help your body fight off the disease.
Among the many symptoms that you suffer from when you have the cold, coughing is the foremost problem. If you smoke while you are sick, you will be making all of the symptoms worse and cough even more than you were. The lungs and the throat are already quite worked up when you’re suffering from the cold and if you smoke, you are poking a stick at the bear more than anything. Stop smoking in general but if you do have a habit of doing it, just stop smoking while you’re sick. Try avoiding second-hand smoke as well.
8. Over-Doing The Over The Counter Medicine
Over the counter medicine for the common cold is designed to help you through the sickness by reducing the symptoms. Nasal sprays work well when it comes to fixing a stuffy nose. The only problem is that people feel like taking more of the medicine will help speed things up. It does the exact opposite.
There is a reason why cold medicines come with recommended dosage outlines. They have side effects which can make things worse if you take more than what you should. Never stray from the recommendations on the label unless a doctor tells you to.