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When you are a parent, there are few things as frustrating as being ill when you have so much else to do. The common cold may not be life-threatening but taking a week to recover is never ideal!
The common cold is usually caused by a virus so you only need to see a doctor if your symptoms last longer than a few weeks. It should go without saying that if you are worried about the severity of your symptoms, are unable to drink fluids or you are struggling to breathe then you must see a doctor such as https://www.cbdmedical.com.au/ for some advice.
There isn’t a lot you can do for a virus but wait for your body to deal with it. Luckily, there are a few things to help relieve some of the symptoms while you wait!
Hot Steamy Showers
Though a steamy shower won’t cure your cold, it will certainly help to relieve some of the symptoms. The steam will help to clear your sinuses and relax your lungs too. This makes you feel a bit more comfortable, even if the release is only for a little while. Plus, as a busy parent, taking 5 more minutes in your morning shower isn’t going to impact too much on the rest of your day!
The warm water is also beneficial for helping any muscular pain. Heat is great for dealing with back pain and it works just as well for aches and pains when you are ill. Switching the shower head to the smallest, fastest jet is a brilliant way to give yourself a little massage too.
Eat Spicy Food and Drink Plenty
Spicy foods like curry are ideal for head colds because of the reaction it causes in your sinuses. Humans aren’t very tolerant of the capsicum in chili peppers which is why our eyes water and sinuses drain when we eat them. Fortunately, this reaction is usually worth the awesome flavors we get as a result so we actually enjoy eating chilies!
While your nose is on some sort of marathon, drinking plenty of fluids is vital. Warm drinks or iced drinks will also help to soothe a sore throat. If your tummy is a bit off as well, drinking slow sips of water will really help with your recovery.
Keep on Top of Hygiene!
Colds are highly contagious which is why it only takes one person sneezing in an office for pretty much everyone to get the cold! Staying on top of your hygiene is the best way to reduce the chances of your family catching your cold but don’t blame yourself if they do.
Flush used tissues as regularly as possible and wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Your usual household chores can mostly go on hold - don’t bother washing clothes just yet! - but do try to wipe down surfaces and door handles if you can.
Viruses take their own time to go away but hopefully you will feel a little bit better soon with these simple tips.