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Managing A Cold While On The Road

Managing A Cold While On The Road

Catching a cold is never fun, but can be a real bother when you’re on the road. You feel miserable: eyes watering, nose dripping, head feeling heavy. But you have a load to deliver and miles ahead of you. So lying in bed and sleeping the cold off isn’t exactly an option. Well, what do you do in such a case? Of course, the best thing would be to prevent yourself from catching a cold in the first place.

But some types of colds, like the weather that brings them, are just inevitable, and you have no choice except to suffer in misery. Well, fret not, simply follow these tips to knock off colds in no time and keep them at bay.

1. Stay Hydrated! You may have heard this one a lot: from your doctor, your mom, pretty much everyone is telling you to drink lots of water and consume water rich foods. Well, it’s true, because not only does water keep you hydrated, it flushes toxins from your body too. Warm liquids can further help with sore throats and congestions, and you can consume these even if you don’t feel like eating much.

2. For sore throats, mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle. Your sore or scratchy throat will surely thank you.

3. If your nose is stuffy, start using a nasal spray before breathing becomes a pain and you have to desperately breathe through your mouth. You can also use saline drops or something like netty pot, which is a saline flush system and works wonders in such cases. Afrin is also an amazing little spray but make sure not to use it too often as your nose can become sort of “addicted” to it. Be sure to follow the directions properly.

4. Last but not the least, always keep the meds handy, everything from fever pills to pain relievers, and use them sensibly. Obviously, stay away from drugs that will induce drowsiness. Tylenol and Advil usually work for fever and aches. For other symptoms, use antihistamines and decongestants.

We hope that these steps will prove useful to you and help you in getting through the week of the unavoidable cold that the winter season is sure to bring along with it. Remember, you’re the only one who can best take care of yourself. – See more at: http://truckernews.com/managing-a-cold-while-on-the-road-p696-90.htm#sthash.tCIFIN7I.dpuf

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