Sunday, August 17, 2008

How do you treat yourself? (cold and cough)

1. Rest. Resting helps your immune system build up to fight the virus off.

2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day- this helps loosen mucus- hence easier to cough or blow out. Avoid drink that dehydrate further like coffee or tea and alcohol.

3. Take symptomatic medications to give you some comfort.

4. Inhale- use a few drops of menthol or eucalyptus oil in a bowl of steaming water. Put a towel over your head, close your eyes and breathe in the vapor.

5. Decongestant rubs help.

6. Gargle with warm, salty water to ease throat irritations.

7. Cough medications are very useful- decide whether it is a dry or wet cough and use a suppressant or mucolytic accordingly.

8. Be wary of pain-relieving medications and make sure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Aspirin, for example, should not be used in children.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Marco's Comment

Personally I would suggest water therapy to treat yourself while you are not feeling well or caught by cold or cough.

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