Drink plenty of fluids…and we don’t mean your favorite beer (alcohol actually dehydrates you). Stick to clear fluids, such as water, tea and broth. They’ll keep you hydrated and help clear up the mucus that makes your head feel like it weighs twenty pounds, makes it impossible to breathe through your nose, or makes you hack up a lung every time your friend makes a joke.
“Antibiotics cannot cure the common cold,” according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If you insist on taking them, you’re wasting your money. You might also contribute to the epidemic of super bacteria (bacteria resistant to antibiotics, not little germs in cute capes).
You might feel better after light or moderate exercise because it gets your blood pumping...so why not work out harder? Not only can vigorous exercise wear you out, but it can also diminish the number of white blood cells ready to fight for your health.
Your body can only absorb so much, and an excess in vitamin intake can lead to diarrhea, which definitely won’t make you feel better when you’re already fighting a cold (and can also dehydrate your body). Depending on the vitamin, you might also get headaches or become nauseous.
8. Use A Zinc Nasal Spray Like Your Life Depends On It
If you like smelling the world around you, keep in mind that zinc nasal sprays have the potential ability to destroy your sense of smell. Maybe you work in a gym and wouldn’t mind losing that particular sense, but before you stock up on zinc nasal spray for your cold, remember that taste and smell are connected.
9. Use A Decongestant Nasal Spray Like Your Life Depends On It
Decongestant nasal sprays won’t destroy your sense of smell, but if you use them too much, they could backfire. For most sprays, the recommended maximum period of use is three days. After three days of use, you might find yourself more stuffed up than before you started.
Remember when you were a kid and adults were always telling you to bundle up? As it turns out, wearing a scarf to keep your nose toasty and warm not only makes you feel cozy despite the cold, but can also inhibit a rhinovirus from replicating. Bundling up may not stop the virus entering your nose, but it can raise the temperature of your nasal cavity so that the virus doesn’t want to hunker down and set up a home there.