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Colds can make you feel miserable, but there are a few things you can do to increase your comfort. Visiting your Argyle, TX, family practice physicians, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice will help you protect your health if your symptoms worsen or don't improve in about a week. If you have a mild cold, taking a few of these steps may offer some relief.
Relieve sore throat pain and irritation by gargling
A saltwater gargle can reduce throat swelling and soreness. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Stir the solution thoroughly before gargling. Gargling several times per day is a safe, easy way to reduce your sore throat pain.
Turn on the humidifier
Adding moisture to the air can relieve sore throat pain and reduce congestion caused by swollen nasal passages. Cool mist humidifiers are the best option if you have children or pets.
Consuming water and other beverages helps you avoid dehydration and can decrease nasal congestion. Hot tea or other warm beverages soothe your irritated throat and reduce pain. Add a little honey, nature's cough suppressant, to your tea if coughing is one of your cold symptoms.
Visit an Argyle store for over-the-counter cold medication
Try one of these medications if you have a cold:
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen Sodium: These medications relieve body aches, headaches, and other painful cold symptoms. Don't exceed dosage recommendations, as liver or kidney damage can occur with high dosages of some pain relievers. Stay away from aspirin. If your symptoms are caused by the flu rather than a cold, taking aspirin increases your risk of developing a potentially fatal disorder called Reye's syndrome.
- Decongestants: Decongestants relieve the stuffiness in your nose by reducing swelling.
- Antihistamines: These medications can stop your nose from running and reduce sneezing.
Get Plenty of Rest
Now is not the time to engage in strenuous workouts or volunteer to take on new projects. Rest and sleep are essential, as they help your body's immune system fight viral infections. In fact, you may need more sleep than usual when you have a cold.
When cold symptoms linger, it's time to pay a visit to Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to make your appointment.