Most people will get a cold at some time in their lives and there is no cure for colds. When talk about a “cold remedy” we mostly mean the many ways people can ease the symptoms – like sneezing, runny nose, and fever. Below we’ll investigate many ways to treat cold symptoms to make your sick time more bearable. As always, consult a doctor before you try any new cold remedies.
Since there is no cure for the cold, most cold medications simply treat the symptoms until the illness resolves itself. There are many medication-based remedies to choose from, both over-the-counter and prescribed by a doctor. Cough medicine, cold medicine and decongestants (reduce swelling and remove mucus in the nose and sinuses) are just a few examples of cold remedies you can find easily at your local drug store.
Herbal and Home Cold Remedies
As there is no cure for the cold, some people choose to wait the illness out and treat the symptoms with home remedies. Essential oils, cough drops, herbal teas and nasal rinses may help relieve the symptoms of your cold and make you feel a little better. Most of the time you can combine such treatments with cold medication.
Professional Cold Treatment
While colds in general aren’t always dangerous, they can become dangerous in children, the elderly or those who are already unhealthy. If such a person develops severe cold symptoms or very high fever, they may need to seek professional medical help. A doctor can help determine the best remedy after a proper examination.
You can’t cure a cold, but there are things you can do to prevent catching them. One of the most effective prevention measures is thoroughly washing your hands. Washing your hands frequently with a quality soap like Safeguard will ensure that cold-causing viruses are kept away from your food and face – giving them little chance to infect your body.