You’re sick, now what?

Jaimee Kester
Lifestyles Editor

February 27, 2014

As we slowly transition into spring, constant weather changes lead to one awful, but sometimes unavoidable situation: the common cold.

College students lead lives that make it almost impossible not to get sick at some point. Late night study sessions, unhealthy eating habits and living in residence halls make students extremely susceptible to sickness.

The Center for Disease Control reports that the common cold will leave you sick for one to two weeks. While that seems like an eternity when there are classes to attend and exams to study for there are some things that can be done to relieve your cold symptoms.

Stay hydrated

Hydration is extremely important when battling a cold.  The Mayo Clinic suggests water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey to help clear congestion and prevent dehydration.

Nasal sprays

Over-the-counter saline sprays and drops can help combat stuffiness and congestion. They help to clear nasal cavities and relieve painful congestion.

Chicken soup

Eating chicken soup when you’re sick isn’t just an old wives’ tale. The Mayo Clinic reports that chicken soup acts as an anti-inflammatory and temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus. This can reduce congestion and limit the amount of time a virus comes in contact with the nose lining.


Cold viruses thrive in dry environments. Dry air also dries mucus membranes making stuffy noses and scratchy throats even worse. Placing a humidifier in your room will add moisture to the air easing your stuffy nose.

When is it more than just a cold?

According to the CDC if you have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, have symptoms that last longer than 10 days or have symptoms that are severe or unusual you should see your doctor immediately.


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