The 4-Step Guide to Quickly Recovering from the Common Cold

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As Spring approaches and I look forward to the warmer weather, I’m simultaneously dreading the inevitable coughing, sneezing, and cold germs that come along with the season changing.

Luckily, I keep Kleenex Anti-viral tissue on-hand to help us proactively protect against germs.

My younger son has already started with his cold symptoms–after spending the last few days playing in the snow, the sniffles have already begun (a snowstorm hit just a week before Spring begins!).

The 4-Step Guide to Quickly Recovering from the Common Cold

The common cold is called that for a reason. It’s so easy to catch a cold and it’s an annoyance that appears in my household at least twice a year — usually when the weather changes from cold to hot and vice versa (and sometimes overlapping temps with what feels like winter and spring weather all in the same day).

What makes the cold so annoying is that you literally go to bed feeling fine, then wake up with the sniffles the next morning.

Unfortunately, it’s more difficult to get rid of the common cold than it is to catch it. But that’s only if you don’t have the guide to recovering quickly.

This four step guide shows you the easiest, most foolproof way to recover from a cold. You may not get results overnight, but you’ll certainly feel better sooner.

Check it out below.

The 4-Step Guide to Quickly Recovering from the Common Cold

Follow these steps to quickly recover from the common cold:

1. Clear your sinuses.

The most annoying part of the common cold is sinus blockage. Blocked sinuses can make you feel extremely uncomfortable. The first step to recovering from the common cold is to clear your sinuses.

* Drinking warm fluids helps to clear your sinus passages of any mucus blockages. When the mucus starts to flow freely, you’ll start to feel instant relief.

* A neti pot can also help with freeing up the sinuses. The process known as nasal irrigation allows warm water to be poured up one nostril. It’s then expelled from the other, along with the mucus.

* Over-the-counter nasal sprays are another effective remedy. Within a few minutes after spraying, you can expect to feel relief.

2. Boost your vitamin C intake.

Products containing vitamin C can lessen the duration of a cold. The minute you start feeling cold symptoms, try to load up on whatever vitamin C sources you can find.

* Citrus is a known source of vitamin C. Drink a glass of orange juice or grapefruit juice when you get out of bed.

* Your local pharmacy carries effervescent vitamin C tabs. Just drop one into a glass of water and drink quickly. That gives you just the right vitamin C boost!

* Be cautious when using vitamin C. Excess vitamin C can cause other unpleasant symptoms, such as diarrhea, headache, nausea, and vomiting. You definitely don’t want those while having a cold!

3. Keep your body hydrated.

All parts of your body need to stay hydrated when you have a cold. This ranges from your nose to your throat, and even your skin. There’s no such thing as too much fluid when you’re afflicted with a cold.

* Keep a humidifier running so your nasal passages stay moist. Remember cold viruses like the air dry! A humidifier restores the air to a state that’s suitable for inhalation.

* Drinking fluids, especially hot tea, helps to soothe your throat. Pour a little honey in the cup to sweeten it. You’ll get additional soothing that way.

4. Get some rest.

This is one of the most important steps. In order to heal from a cold, your body needs rest. And the more rest you get, the sooner your symptoms dissipate.

* Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. You’ll feel more energetic even with the cold symptoms looming.

* Avoid stress and overexertion while you have a cold. Lessen your workload at the office. Also, try not to lift heavy objects or do housework. Eliminate other pressures from your life. Aggravating your body causes you to feel more drained. This is because your body is using all of its resources to fight off the virus.

*Bonus* 5. Stop the spread.

This is often overlooked in the quest to recover from the common cold. One of the best way to not only recover quickly, but also prevent a relapse, is to stop the spread of the cold virus.

You can stop the spread of the cold virus by using Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue. The active ingredients in the middle layer disrupt the viruses’ protective coating and kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses* in the tissue within 15 minutes.

You can pick up a four-pack of Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue from your local Walmart store.

The 4-Step Guide to Quickly Recovering from the Common Cold

The common cold can be pesky and irritating!

While it’s unlikely that you will eliminate the symptoms overnight, you can definitely shorten the duration.

Use the tips in this guide, along with Kleenex Anti-Viral tissue, to experience some relief sooner than you expect.

Disclaimer: *In the tissue in 15 minutes. Virucidal against: Rhinoviruses Type 1A and 2 (Rhinoviruses are the leading cause of the common cold); Influenza A and Influenza B (causes of the flu); Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV – the leading cause of lower respiratory infection in children).

Comments 30

  1. Another thing I’d recommend is that you blow your nose often, but gently. And using a high paper tissue like Kleenex surely helps!

  2. These are good suggestions. If I can, I stop up on fresh juices to tide me over for a few days for extra hydration. I’ll splurge on all my favorites!!

  3. Staying hydrated and sleeping is super important. I’ve also heard that keeping warm is a good one too as it can help make your body undesirable for germs. That’s why people naturally develop fevers when they’re sick.

  4. i’m lucky in the sense that i rarely get sick, but when i do, i always end up with the nasty hacking cough. i’ve heard so many things about the humidifiers, but have never had one. i think i need to get one even for like every so often use. i tend to get sinus headaches often and then my nose starts to bleed, which is never a good thing. haha

  5. I have a bit of an issue with germs. I have not seen these in my local stores yet but I will definitely be looking for them.

  6. These are such great suggestions. I need to pick up some of this Kleenex. I have not tried it yet. Thank you for sharing

  7. Ugh cold season is the worst! My husband has a cold right now and he is miserable. I am always bad about drinking enough water when I am sick–this is a great guide to recover from colds!

  8. Really great tips!! As a Mom with 3 Kiddies 10 and under I know how it feels to watch a cold spread from one to the other in a domino effect. These tips are great for helping that not to happen. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. I had a horrible cold for a month back in January and went through more tissues than you can imagine. Good tissues are an absolute must, otherwise my poor nose gets so red and irritated. I also used a neti pot for the first time. It really helped clear out my sinuses! That and a steam thing were like magic, allowing me to breathe a bit easier.

  10. With a toddler and a baby, I don’t get much rest! So hard to recover from a cold as a mom haha. I need to find time and clean the house and get rid of all the germs!

  11. We are experiencing colds in our house right now, and I am stocked up on Kleenex! I like to buy Kleenex in bulk so that I have it on hand whenever the colds do roll through. I like all the Kleenex varieties, but am usually open to whatever is on sale.

  12. It’s amazing that it really takes those four things to get better, and we rarely do them as moms. I find that I get colds for long times these days. If I hydrate, clear my sinuses and rest, I feel so much better and I get better faster.

  13. I am really prone to catching a cold whenever the climate changes. And once I catch it, it becomes impossible to get rid of it. These tips have to be kept in mind to stay healthy!

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