There are a few times throughout the year when we feel a little run down. We may pick up the office cold that has been going round. Our kids may bring home the sniffles to share around the family. Sometimes we experience a lot of extra stress or a bereavement. They can bring our immune system crashing down and leave us prone to colds very easily. Very few of us ever need more than a hot lemon and a good night of sleep to feel substantially better, but sometimes colds just won’t go away.

If you cold just won’t quit there are a few things you can try to alleviate the symptoms. The maximum strength hot lemon drinks you can buy from your pharmacy are great for providing comfort and warmth. The active ingredients relieve your aches and temperature. There is also added decongestant that can help relieve a stuffy nose. Just being able to breathe easier, and getting rid of that headache is often enough to aid us in getting some sleep.

Try an herbal nasal stick to keep yourself breathing easier, and some Vicks or something similar on your chest. If the cold gets on your chest, you can feel that you have to cough a lot which can be very unpleasant. The worst part of any illness is not being able to sleep well. As our Nannas used to say, “sleep cures everything”, so without sleep we will feel poorly for longer.


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If, after a week, you still feel very poorly, you may want to consult a doctor. You may want to look up Littleton internal medicine or a doctor near you to suit your health plan. Doctors can usually only help you if you have an infection or another cause for your symptoms. Aside from sleep, you could try building up some nutrients in your body by taking multivitamins and minerals. Getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine is also said to be beneficial when you are run down.

Sometimes a medical condition can be the cause of a weakened immune system. If your immune system is compromised, you may find that you catch colds and bugs far more often than your friends do. You may also find that it takes much longer to fight them off. Keeping away from children and public buildings can help reduce your risk of falling ill with a virus.

Allergies can present with symptoms very similar to colds. We can feel bunged up and snuffly, and even sneeze a lot. Usually, an antihistamine and a packet of tissues can do the trick. If the symptoms persist, you may need to undertake some allergy testing to find out what is causing the symptoms. Then you will need to stay away from it. In some cases, it is possible to build up a tolerance to an allergen like cat fur. For others, the allergy is so severe, it would be too dangerous to spend any time in the proximity of the allergen. For food allergies, always read the label.