Give your nose some TLC
A saline solution (nasal spray or drops) can ease stuffiness in your nose. “It prevents damage to the tissue, and it clears passages and allows the mucus to move along,” says Zed. Plus it’s perfectly safe. “Saline is inert, so you can use it as needed.” That’s an advantage over medicated nasal sprays, which can lead to rebound congestion later. You can buy a saline rinse at the drugstore, or even make it at home using pickling salt, baking soda and boiled water.
Gargle with salt water
Gargling with warm salted water (half a teaspoon of salt per glass) will often make your sore throat feel better, albeit temporarily. Try it every couple of hours or so. It may also prevent further infection, helping you get back to normal before you know it.
Get extra sleep
A good night’s sleep – or three – will help your body bounce back more quickly. “You’re allowing your own reserves and your own immune system to work, and to help heal you,” says Zed. Perhaps easier said than done, if you’ve got a busy household that inevitably falls apart without you. Enlist help from your partner, or call on friends to assist with the kids, the cooking or the snow shoveling.