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5 Ways to Treat a Cold When You Need to Come to Work

Cold-fighting essentials at my desk.

As is my December/Christmas tradition, I woke up this past Monday morning with a cold. I dismissed it at first; one ear was clogged, and I simply thought I got some water stuck in my ear while showering. I bobbed my head to the side and nothing came out, but I was sure it would clear up after a little while. I went through my usual routine of getting the kids dressed and packed up to go to their respective drop-offs. It was while I was in the car that I noticed my throat was feeling sore and I noticed gunk was piling up behind my sinuses. Later that day, I was in full on cold mode with swollen lymph nodes and a stuffy nose. Oh, my voice also sounds lovely right now.

It seems like every year right before Christmas, I get sick. Is my body trying to tell me something? Who knows? It’s never convenient to be sick, but I do have a few things I do that seem to help make it more tolerable.

1. Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough-I promise I’m not getting paid by Bayer ™ to write this, but those fizzy tabs seem to be the only thing that help to relieve my symptoms. The taste isn’t so terrible when you drink it, either. Warning! This medicine may cause “marked drowsiness” (I don’t know if there’s a non-drowsy version) so it’s best to take it when you’re not at work. Unless your boss is cool with you napping, lol!

2. A heater-I’m hot natured. I always have been. However, when I get a cold I always have fever and chills. That’s why I’m immensely thankful for the heater in my office. It’s so comforting to feel that warmth coming from underneath my desk. If you have one, turn it on, you’ll feel better. Just don’t get too comfy and fall asleep! For those without desk jobs, I recommend some type of portable heating pad you can keep in your pocket. I just bought one to soothe my sore lymph nodes. Works like a charm!

3. Campbell’s Box of Chicken Noodle Soup-I might be a mom, but that doesn’t mean I can whip up made-from-scratch chicken noodle soup on the fly. That requires planning and time. I do keep a few boxes of chicken noodle soup in the cupboard for such occasions where I need soup. Keep in mind; these are the boxes of dried noodles and soup mix that you need to make on the stove. Don’t get the stuff in the can, it’s YUCK. Trust me, the soup mix is worth the extra effort. Other things that are great while you have a cold are hot tea with plenty of lemon and honey and ginger ale. Hot tea with honey and lemon because that’s just what you’re supposed to do and ginger ale because it’s the champagne of sodas and you deserve it.

4. As much sleep as possible-All of us adults are busy and life doesn’t stop for a cold. The doctor is right on this one, though. The more rest and sleep you can get, the better. I advise doing the bare minimum once you’ve made it home from work and then heading to bed as soon as possible. Bonus: put your blanket or comforter in the dryer for a few minutes if you’re feeling chilly. You’ll be toasty warm in a jiffy. Downside: You do eventually have to get out of your warm and comfy bed.

5. Hand washing, hand sanitizer and Lysol spray-You don’t want to be the one to get everyone else in your office sick. I know some of you will say you should stay home with a cold. But sometimes that’s not necessarily an option. Now, fortunately for me, (or rather my co-workers) I’m not sharing an office at the moment. Hopefully the majority of the germs will stay right in here with me. I just have to make sure I don’t touch other people’s stuff and Lysol behind me. It’s the courteous thing to do.

If you’re already suffering from a cold like me, I hope these tips will give you some relief until it’s over. Here’s to good health for the rest of the season and into 2017!

-Amanda Scott, Program Manager for the Liberty County CVB

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