Zinc! Feel something coming on? Grab some zinc! Zicam makes a whole line of zinc products that are supposed to help curb, or at least shorten, the life of your cold.
Dayquil/Nyquil. I used to rage against meds like these and I would go for the homeopathic options instead...and I would suffer. Don't suffer. They can really help you feel better so you can get through this busy season without feeling like death warmed over!
Neti-pot. These are a super cheap, but not terribly easy, way of relieving nasal congestion. I have many friends who swear by their neti pot. However, be aware that if you're too congested, it's not gonna work. I had some packed sinuses, so the fluid wasn't going anywhere, and I had to call in the big guns...
Nasonex. It's expensive. And it's a steroid. But it's SO worth it. After days of misery, I started feeling better within a couple hours of shooting this wonder drug up my nose. And it was a good thing because I had a 1-year-old birthday party to throw!
Juicing. I've just returned to juicing in the last few days after about an 18-month hiatus, and I have to say, I feel great! Drinking my fruits, veggies and leafy greens is so much easier than trying to eat well during this crazy on-the-go time. Not to mention, I've lost more than 2lbs in just a few short days!
Cool mist humidifier. I finally stole this out of my daughter's room the other night and put it next to my bed, with the Vick's vapor tab inserted. It made such a difference in how I slept - no dry middle-of-the-night cough. Phew!
And of course, drink lots of fluids! Water, water, water, and soothing teas. Steer clear of peppermint, though, if you're feeling dry. I really thought this would help me, but it sent me into a horrible coughing fit. Stick with gentle herbs and throw a little local honey in for good measure.
Okay, that completes my list. What magic cures do you have for staying healthy or getting over a cold quickly?
-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar