How do you deal with nasty winter colds? I'm one of those people who doesn't get sick very often, but when I do, it hits me HARD. My boyfriend will get the sniffles and a cough for a couple of days and then be fine, but if he happens to pass it along to me, I'll be wheezing like an elderly two-pack-a-day smoker for weeks. Yay!
I've taken away an important lesson from these experiences: It pays to be prepared. You know what's worse than being sick? Having to go out shopping for stuff to make you feel better while you're feverish and/or turning into a total phlegm faucet. There are a few things that I always keep in my medicine cabinet (and pantry) for just such occasions, so I thought I'd share those today: My Cold & Flu Season Essentials!
ESSENTIAL #1: EMERGENCY TISSUES
I think most of us probably use tissues on a regular basis—we all have to blow our noses now and then for non-illness-related reasons. But do you know what really sucks? When you're sick with a drippy nose and completely out of tissues. Sure, toilet paper will do in a pinch, but after a while your nose will start to feel chapped and sore. I like to keep an extra couple of boxes or pocket packs of tissues (preferably the kind with added lotion!) tucked away on hand just in case.
ESSENTIAL #2: PETROLEUM JELLY
Speaking of chapped noses, you know what's no fun? Having one! Petroleum jelly works really well as a barrier to protect and heal chapped skin, so you can blow your nose repeatedly without totally ravaging your face.
ESSENTIAL #3: VITAMIN C
There have been numerous studies done on Vitamin C and the human immune system. Bottom line, the evidence on whether or not it will help you once you have a cold is sort of shaky, but taking it on a regular basis may improve your immunity in the long run. So when you get sick, consider taking Vitamin C and keep taking it even when you're better.
ESSENTIAL #4: HERBAL TEA & CANNED SOUP
I'm sure all of you know that you should consume lots of fluids when you have a cold. Personally I try to avoid caffeine when I'm sick as it can give me the shakes, which feels extra-bad when you have a fever. Chamomile is a favorite of mine because it's very soothing. As for the soup... homemade is always better, but if you have a fever and cold you're probably not going to want to cook, right? I'm lucky enough to live with another person who can cook, but what if he gets sick too? Or is away? Having some ready-to-heat soup on hand is a total lifesaver in situations like these.
ESSENTIAL #5: COLD & FLU RELIEF MEDICINE
I'll fully admit that when I'm sick, I don't want to "tough it out", and will reach right away for OTC cold and pain relief remedies. Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are great because they contain maximum-strength ingredients for temporary relief from various cold symptoms including fevers, aches and pains, nasal congestion, coughs, and chest congestion. I usually go for the liquid because I find it easier to swallow when I'm sick, but if you're not a fan, Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil Severe are also available in caplet form. Look for them at Walmart or on Walmart.com!
Have you been sick yet this winter? Do you keep emergency cold and flu supplies on hand?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf SheSpeaks and P&G. All opinions expressed above are mine, and should not be construed as medical advice. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. #ReliefIsHere