It’s winter time so it’s been the perfect time to get someone else’s cooties and get sick! In a way I’m really lucky because I don’t have a job or a routine to get back to where I have to go back out into public, but there have been many times I’ve had to cover up a shredded nose and watery eyes.
If that relates to you I have some handy tips to squelch the last of that cold or flu and get you back to feeling and looking better.
Have a Cold & Flu Kit
You might have a first aid kit in your house (which is essential!) but also think about having a cold and flu kit together that you can keep out while you, your roommates or family are sick.
- Zinc with Vitamin C – especially chewables! Scroll down for more info
- Codral- I don’t actually use any cold & flu tablets but sometimes I take something like Codral just to help reduce congestion as an additional aid.
- Sinusitis / Rhinitis – Zyrtec or any antihistamine- I’m prone to hayfever, allergies and everything just attacking my sinuses but this time the swollen blood vessels in my nose were the reason I wasn’t able to clear mucus or even breathe, so after taking some Zyrtec everything started to calm down.
- Antiseptic and/or zinc lozenges- Zinc lozenges really help if you have kids but lozenges and any numbing of the throat always helps.
- Difflam Forte throat spray- a godsend that I’ve talked about before.
- SINUS NOSE FLUSHER – I’ve talked about my Flo Sinus Wash before too and, again, it has helped immensely to clear the mucus out but also reduce inflammation inside. Also, scroll down to saline.
Keep Some Pantry Essentials
- Potatoes – great if you have a sore throat and can mix some broth or stock into it
- Chicken stock cubes
- Cinnamon sticks – not ground cinnamon, good ole cinnamon sticks. Place one in a mug, add some honey and have it as a tea.
- Bicarb or Cornstarch – for sweat. You’ll be a sweaty mess but dust it through your hair, on your bed linens and under your pits to get some temporary relief.
Clean Public Areas
Sounds like a no-brainer but if you live with anyone else, make sure to clean public places such as the kitchen and bathrooms, paying close attention to handles, light switches and remotes.
Another obvious one but is overlooked more than you might know. If you don’t have many pillowcases to cycle through (and who has the energy to do loads of washing?), make sure you try to get the pillowcases you’re using in the washing machine and dried. All the sweat, greasiness from your face and hair, VapoRub, tissues dabbed with eucalyptus adds up.
Stuff That Will Really Help!
Panty Liners – when you’re balled up in a coughing fit there’s a huge chance you’ll pee yourself a little bit. Don’t cringe, don’t feel bad, just get some because it happens to everyone, get some, use them, and keep crawling.
Probiotics – I always take one but when I’m sick I might go to a higher dose since my gut health is always out of whack. If you’re on antibiotics, it will really help to get things back to normal.
Zinc and Vitamin C
Zinc is great because not only does it help on the inside in aiding a speedy recovery and regulates immune function, but also helps clear up breakouts.
I don’t know about you but I’m too tired and sore to get a fucking cleanser out and wash my face properly then try to deal with the dry, flaky skin I have around my nose. Cut all the crap out and make it easy by having a microfibre cloth since it’ll clean your face and gently exfoliate that little shredded nose of yours. I bought a 2-pack from Woolworths for around $2 and they’re such an essential item for winter and really helped when I was sick and tired.
We always seem to have a big bottle of saline around our house even though we don’t wear contacts anymore. I’m including it though because, even though I’m not exactly sure it helped or what, but one night I bent my head over the bath and poured some saline into my nostrils, let it sit for a few seconds before draining them out. My nostrils did calm down so I could breathe (and expel gross stuff) much easier, but I’m not exactly sure if it was down to great timing because I was already doing heaps of things to try and help myself along, if it was a few days in and was starting to let off, hell, I’m not exactly sure if I should have done it because it wasn’t just clean, straight up saline solution you have with those handy one-use applicators. To be frank and honest, I’m only adding this right now because I was desperate and experimenting but I think you should heed caution.
Simple! Gives your pillowcases some relief and keeps your chrome-dome warm!
Give your pillowcases a bit more relief and if you don’t have cornstarch on standby to put in your hair, go less fuss and mess with dry shampoo.
Simple Moisturising Cream
Another for the “I couldn’t be bothered” skin care and getting back to looking somewhat normal. Any moisturiser is fine as almost all of them contain soothing and rejuvenating ingredients like vitamin e, aloe vera, cocoa and shea butter, etc. I actually find going for hand creams better because they’re a bit thicker and richer but they’re in smaller packaging which makes it easier to carry around.
I know I’ve gone on about them already but my Cake Beauty creams healed my nose within 24 hours, didn’t sting and smelt so fricken GOOD. The ingredients are so good, I was blown away.
If you have to face the wind and outside elements, another option you can use or add is Vaseline as it creates a moist barrier which really helps if your skin is drying quickly.
Eucalyptus and Tea Tree
For baths, steaming and washing your clothes and linens afterwards, having a little bit of either or both essential oils will go a long way.
So these are the things I usually use when I’m sick with some added bits n’ pieces I’ve used this time around that helped me at least feel much better where I could think and actually do things. Looking better is more about getting clean and moisturised while feeling better is going to take a bit more effort, or no effort if you’re too tired. I’m not a professional anything so I can’t tell you what to do or what you should do, but making sure you get fluids no matter how they come, rest as much as you can with a mix of easier, comfort foods to eat as well as nutritional foods will go a long way.