It is that time of year again. Sneezing uncontrollably, a nose that won’t stop running, maybe your head is pounding, your bones and muscles are aching and you just can’t focus. It sounds like you are coming down with one of the most common winter bugs – just in time for your Christmas product launch, or a cold while you’re on holiday vacation.
Many of us are not safe from the germs this time of year, no matter how hard we try to keep them at bay. While some of the advice is basic, I wanted to refresh your mind on some of the best ways to combat these symptoms to avoid letting those winter bugs get you down. After all, the last thing you want is to face a pressurized airplane cabin with a sinus infection!
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Has your breathing been affected?
Especially if you’re flying or visiting the mountains, a cold while you’re on holiday is the worst! Your breathing can be mildly or majorly affected when it comes to winter bugs, and changes in elevation only make the discomfort worse. You can find that your chest gets a little tighter and you may develop a cough of some description.
If you have Asthma, you may find that this symptom is particularly worse for you. In some cases, with a winter big, it is important for you to get the expertise of an urgent care doctor to ensure that you are doing the right thing to alleviate the symptoms. Coughs are part and parcel of winter so make sure you stock up on cough medicine to ease the build-up in your chest which should help with your breathing.
Consider home remedies to combat the common symptoms
Not many people like to turn to medicines when they are feeling under the weather, so you may want to try a few home remedies instead. There is the common “hot toddy” which is a mix of honey and whiskey as a way of getting rid of a cold. Other options are a bowl of old-fashioned chicken soup, dosing up on vitamin C, and buying probiotics.
Make sure you rest up
Resting is one of the things that we should definitely do when we get ill, but one of the things we find so hard to do. People still go to work and try and soldier on and often this is the wrong thing to do. It is so important for you to gain your strength and rest is one of the first things a medical professional will tell you to do.
Drink all the warm beverages
Warm drinks a great way to keep a cold or winter illness at bay. Lemon and honey tend to be the most popular but you can also buy some medicine that is in drink form where it includes painkillers like paracetamol.
Wrap up warm on the colder days
Finally, one of the best things to do while you are feeling rough or worrying about catching a cold while you’re on holiday is to wrap up as warm as you can. When you are cold you are more likely to catch a winter bug and then that can have you out of action for days.
Most importantly, just ensure that you take things easy if you think you’re coming down with a cold while you’re on holiday. Winter is rife with winter bugs so it is always a good idea to take better care of yourself when the weather turns cold.
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