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There are hundreds of upper respiratory viruses that can cause a cold or flu. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, stuffed-up nose, sinus pressure, headache, ear ache, body aches, sore eyes, and fatigue. Children often will have an accompanying fever. Adults can also have a fever, but it is more common in children.
Almost always, these upper respiratory infections are caused by a virus versus bacteria. There are seven simple things that you can do to significantly shorten the life of the infection and minimize the symptoms. If you begin the following steps at the very first sign of a cold or upper respiratory flu, before the infection really takes hold, often you will be able to keep the infection from developing at all.
1. Keep a scarf snugly wrapped around your neck 24/7.
This means wear a scarf inside and outside, during the day, and all through the night. If you can increase the temperature at your throat area even slightly, chemical reactions will be accelerated that can quickly kill the virus or bacteria.
2. Drink all your water HOT.
Not room temperature, not lukewarm—but hot. The purpose is to raise your body temperature. Even raising the body temperature a small part of one degree will greatly aid the immune system in rapidly eradicating the offending virus/bacteria. Make sure to get at least ten cups of water daily for a 100-150 pound person. Drink more if you are larger, less if you are smaller.
3. Stay toasty warm.
Again, the purpose is to raise the body temperature. Most people are not toasty warm. They won’t feel cold, but they won’t feel warm either. You don’t have to be so warm that you perspire, but you have to be warmer than you normally are.
4. Stay out of drafts.
Don’t sit, stand, or sleep by a window, door, or doorway. Do not have fans blowing on you or in the room where you are. Drafts can cause your body temperature to lower which will impede your healing.
5. Sleep at a 30 degree angle or better.
This means to bend at the waist so that your torso forms a 30 degree angle with the plane of the bed. Accomplish this by sleeping in a recliner or by using several pillows. Make sure that it is your entire torso that is elevated, not just your neck and head.
6. Cover your ears when outside.
Wind or air on the ears makes upper respiratory infections worse. If you are opposed to wearing a cap with ear flaps, a stocking cap, or a scarf, then put cotton or ear plugs in your ears.
7. If you have a cough with the infection, keep heat on your chest.
Use a heating pad, hot water bottle, rice or bean bag (that is heated in the microwave). Keep heat on your chest as long and as often as you can. The heat will speed the healing of the bronchial tubes/lungs. Remember that heat is a great healer.