How to get rid of a cold quick: Doctor’s three tips for eradicating illness fast

There’s nothing more annoying than the beginning of a cold, thinking of the happier times our cold didn’t exist. Whether you immune system is strong or not, we’re all prone to catching colds during this time of year

“Colds enter your system through your mucous membranes – mostly your mouth and nose,” explained Dr Jarvis.

“The throat spray Coldzyme works by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane of the throat, making it more difficult for the cold virus to cause illness.

“Studies have shown that it can cut the duration of cold symptoms by half and reduce time off work due to a cold by up to a third.”

ColdZyme (20ml £17.50) (7ml one cold application £9.89) is available from Amazon, independent pharmacies and Boots stores nationwide.


Add echinacea

There is limited evidence that echinacea can reduce the duration of colds in adults (but not in children) if used early.

But Dr Jarvis added: “Studies have shown conflicting results – it is not clear which parts of the echinacea plant are involved or what dose you need.”

Vitamin C is crucial

If you don’t have enough vitamin C in your diet (vitamin C is found in citrus and other fruits, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and potatoes), there is a widespread theory that high dose vitamin C supplements could reduce the length and severity of colds, said Dr Jarvis.

She continued: “However, this has not been born out in trials involving vitamin C at doses up to 4 grams a day.”

To avoid spreading a cold make sure to wash your hands often with warm water and soap, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze, and bin used tissues as quickly as possible.

It may also be helpful to recognise the main symptoms of coronavirus at this time.

These are listed by the NHS as:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you experience any of these symptoms get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible, and you and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.


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