Natural Ways Healthcare Workers Can Battle Colds
Spring is upon us! The change in weather can cause spring flowers, May showers, and, unfortunately, the common cold.
The common cold can be caused by over 100 viruses and affects our health with congestion, a runny nose, and fever. In a healthcare field, the well-being of the workers is important to maintain a healthy environment. As a healthcare worker, you’ll want to stay healthy so you can perform your work duties to the best of your abilities.
If you’re looking for ways to ease your common cold, the Harris School of Business offers five natural tips so you can feel better and get back to your healthcare duties!
Tip #1: Blow your nose frequently
Blow your nose frequently when you have a cold. It’s the best way to get rid of bacteria from your body. Remember that you can avoid spreading germs by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze. Remember to wash your hands after blowing your nose.
Tip #2: Rest
Drowsiness, lightheadedness, and fatigue are side effects of a common cold. When you have a cold make sure to get plenty of rest. Most physicians will advise you to stay home so all your energy can go to helping your immune system fight the virus. Since healthcare jobs require you to take care of others, it’s best to avoid spreading germs to your patients. Plus, resting will help your body recuperate faster.
Tip #3: Drink liquids
Drinking liquids can help reduce cold symptoms by relieving nasal congestion. Staying hydrated also soothes the inflamed membranes in your nose and throat that cause a runny nose. Try drinking hot teas, natural juices, and eating hot soups. It could ease congestion by increasing mucus flow. Avoid drinks that dehydrate you like coffee or alcohol.
Tip #4: Soothe your sore throat
Soothe a sore throat by gargling with natural homemade remedies. Gargling helps moisturize the throat and prevent it from swelling and feeling dry. Gargle with a teaspoon of salt in warm water four times a day to see benefits. Other astringents to use for gargling include:
- Tea containing tannin
- Honey and apple cider vinegar (popular folk remedy)
- 1 tbsp. of lemon juice in 2 cups of hot water with 1 tsp. of honey
Tip #5: Take a hot shower
Heat is a great way to relieve stuffiness and congestion. Soup and hot tea can help, but you can also take a hot shower. Hot showers allow heat to down your throat into your stomach and helps you cough out excess fluids from your body. It can also relieve congestion and helps moisturize nasal passages. If you’re dizzy, take a warm bath to relax.
The common cold usually goes away in a week. If you pair natural remedies with decongestants or over the counter medication, you could see your cold get better quicker. Depending on your symptoms, these natural tips could help ease your cold so you can get back to work. We hope you feel better!
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