How Can I Treat a Common Cold?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of Americans are affected by the common cold each year. So if you fall victim to a cold this year, you are far from alone!
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants you to be aware of the early signs of a common cold, as well as ways to treat your symptoms and get back to feeling your best.
How Do We Catch a Cold?
Although common colds are most often experienced during the winter season, they really can occur at any time of the year.
A cold virus most commonly spreads through tiny air droplets through the air, which are the result of when a person who is sick sneezes, blows his or her nose or coughs.
Ways to Prevent a Cold
- Improve your immune system.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands on a regular basis.
- Exercise regularly.
- Do not touch your face, especially your eyes or nose.
- Follow a healthy diet.
How Can I Get Rid of a Cold Fast?
Let's face it. As soon as you start experiencing the symptoms of a cold, you want them to go away as soon as possible. Therefore, you need to take action as soon as signs of a common cold appear.
First, you want to make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest. Second, you want to relieve pain and soothe a sore throat through over-the-counter medications. Finally, sipping on warm liquids, as well as eating certain beneficial foods, can help you to get past a cold sooner rather than later.
Good Foods for a Cold
- Hot tea
- Spicy foods
- Chicken soup
- Coconut water
Not sure if you have a cold, the flu or allergies? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennialtoday for a medical evaluation to get to feeling as good as new!