Colds & Congestion Relief

Colds and congestion are common. And although both conditions aren’t serious, they can impact your normal routine. But fortunately, there are ways to achieve quick relief from a cold and congestion. There’s no cure for the common cold. However, medications and other simple strategies can speed your recovery and get rid of congestion.

Over-the-Counter Drugs

The common cold and congestion can linger if left untreated. And in severe cases, pneumonia can develop. Taking cold medication at the first sign of a cold and congestion can alleviate your symptoms and reduce the length of the infection. Medications available include a decongestant and expectorant to relieve nasal and chest congestion. Additionally, the majority of cold medications include ingredients such as a pain reliever for sore throats and body aches, and a cough suppressant. Take medications as directed.

Fluids and Supplements

For colds or congestion, eating chicken soup or chicken broth can loosen thick mucus in the chest and clear congestion. Along with soup and broth, water also thins mucus and drinking at least eight glasses a day removes toxins from your body. As a natural expectorant, orange juice encourages the expulsion of mucus in the chest. Additionally, the vitamin C in orange juice improves your immune system, which helps you fight the infection that causes the common cold and congestion. Taking vitamin C supplements can also boost your immune system.

Other Home Remedies

Congestion is a common cold complaint and other remedies include placing a heat humidifier in your bedroom or taking a steam shower. The moist, warm air loosens mucus, which alleviates wheezing, coughing and congestion. Gargling with warm saltwater is an effective remedy for a sore throat. And proper rest is an immune system booster, which is necessary to overcome the infection. Resting involves taking frequent breaks throughout the day as needed, sleeping at least eight hours a night and limiting physical exertion until your symptoms improve.

Colds and congestion are common. And although both conditions aren't serious