Handling A Long-Term Head Cold

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Take a clump of snow atop a snowy hillside with little obstruction. Roll the snow down the hill. The weight, wetness, and gravity pulling the snow down the hill will compact it into other frozen particles, increasing the size of the snowball. Ultimate size will depend on snow, coldness, and how steep the hill is. This is “snowballing”.

You can experience the condition of “snowballing” with your health; and in either a positive or negative way. If you’re sick and you don’t take care of yourself, this can “snowball” into increasingly worse conditions until there’s no help for it but to seek medical attention.

Meanwhile, if you treat yourself right, you’ll be able to correct such conditions in a way that leads to increasingly better health. Certainly there’s an upper limit either direction, but the takeaway here is: you can get healthy, and keep getting healthier. First, though, you need to find equilibrium. If you’re fighting off a long-term head cold, try these tips.

  1. Give it All You’ve Got

The average head cold will last anywhere from an afternoon to two weeks. The link gives the time of the flu as 7 to 10 days, but everyone is different. Some people are sick so briefly, except for a test, they would never have known they were ill. Others get a hint of a sore throat and find themselves floored for a month.

Either way, throw vitamin C, D, and B at it. Raw garlic cloves and limes mixed with a blender and drunk with no attention to flavor can also provide your body with needed ammunition to fight off infection.

Drink as much water as it’s healthy (about 15 cups a day for men and 11 a day for women), and rest as much as you can. Sometimes you’ve had the cold a long time because you haven’t given your body proper time or nutrients for recovery.

  1. Throw in the Towel and Get to a Doctor

This is the first option for many, but whether or not you immediately seek medical help is up to you. That said, for head colds, your best bet is an otolaryngologist, or ENT. ENT stands for “Ears, Nose, and Throat”. Such practitioners deal in issues affecting these parts of the body. Here’s a link to, perhaps, the best ENT doctor in Litchfield. Find practitioners like this.

  1. Secondary Comfort Measures
Handling A Long-Term Head Cold
Handling A Long-Term Head Cold

Make things easier on yourself. Take painkillers if you’re not in the habit and your doctor says it’s okay. Use a hot washcloth. Take a hot bath. Soak in some steam for an hour in the sauna. Help yourself overcome the illness with comfort.

Getting Back to Normal

There’s only so much you can do when you’re ill. That said, giving your body rest, hydration, vitamins, measures of comfort, and the expertise of professionals such as ENTs will go a long way to helping you recover from whatever ailment you’re contending with.

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