There is nothing worse than getting a cold during Christmas. You're sniffing and sneezing all over your family when all you want to do is eat an entire plate of cookies! Here are a few sure-fire ways to beat that nasty cold before it ruins your holidays!
1. Drink plenty of fluids to help break up your congestion. Try to drink at least 8 to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Along with that, try to include fluids such as sports drinks, herbal teas, fruit drinks, or ginger ale. Keep away from sodas or drinks with high caffeine because that could very easily dehydrate you!
2. Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose. You can buy a humidifier, but the steam will be the same as the water on the stove. Moisture from a hot shower with the door closed, saline nasal spray, or a room humidifier is just as helpful to ease congestion!
3. Blow your nose often, but do it properly. It's important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Who knew?!
4. Use saline nasal sprays or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose. Here's a popular recipe:
Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Fill a bulb syringe with this mixture (or use a Neti pot, available at most health foods stores). Lean your head over a basin, and using the bulb syringe, gently squirt the salt water into your nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, and then treat the other nostril.