Scratchy throat, itchy eyes, sinus pressure and stuffy nose. Chances are if you haven't already gotten a cold this season, it's coming. But as pharmacist Steve Roell at The Drug Store in Iron Mountain, said, the key to fighting a cold is preventative measures.
â??You want to make sure that you are eating well, taking a good multivitamin during the winter season; hydration is important at this time of year and Vitamin C and Echinacea,â?? said Roell.
But sometimes even a strong immune system is no match for the ruthless cold virus.
â??The only way to treat the common cold is to treat the symptoms,â?? Roell said. â??You can treat the cough with a cough suppressant; you treat a fever with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Pseudoephedrine you can get in a pharmacy, but you have to sign for it, but it is a very good decongestant.â??
But aside from medications to seek some congestion relief, you may be surprised to know some everyday household ingredients can help in relieving those awful symptoms.
According to Web-MD, apple cider vinegar diluted with water and honey is known to relieve sore throats as the acidity can cut through germs. And although it may sound old-fashioned, some doctors say chicken noodle soup can help. The steam can alleviate pressure and it replaces hydration into the system. It should go without saying that clean hands are crucial.
â??Hand sanitizer whenever you're out in public or at the grocery store and in school. We just want to prevent the spread of germs,â?? Roell said.
Because in the fight against the common cold, we're all in this together.