1. Breathe more easily
All stuffed up? Steam in the shower and follow with a decongestant. Sprays work better than pills, but stop after three days to avoid rebound congestion. Oral decongestants can keep you up, so don’t take near bedtime.
2. Get more C naturally
Kiwi fruit is loaded with the vitamin; one study (using golden kiwi) found it reduced the severity and duration of colds. Strawberries are another rich source.
3. Get rest
Try an extra pillow – it helps gravity move mucus out the sinuses.
4. Feeling achy?
All painkillers – ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen – help. Choose one based on side effects: if you have stomach issues, avoid ibuprofen and naproxen; if you have three or more alcoholic drinks a day, skip acetaminophen.
5. Still sick?
Or getting sicker? If it’s been 10 days, call your doctor. You might have a new infection.
For more tips, see page 46 of our June issue!
By Daryn Eller