I rarely get colds, but when I do:
Echinacea (from the plant roots) I take it 3-4 times a day till all the symptoms are gone. I also take extra Vitamin C & zinc. If there is also fever or body aches, I take ibuprofen. For a really bad head cold, if I HAVE to be out in the world, I take pseudophedrine (you have to ask for it -- they keep it behind the counter these days). It dries up my sinuses enough for me to function, but I can only take it in the AM. Keeps me up at nite otherwise.
Sinus irrigation w/ a warm saline solution feels weird, but works wonders. If you can't find a neti pot, some drugs stores have plastic squeeze bottles for this purpose that come w/ saline packets you mix with warm water. They really help with allergies too.
Also, a hot shower helps clear sinuses and relax your whole body. I usually do this just before bed.
Extra rest, drink up, & keep your hands clean. (Don't want to spread those germs) :-)
at 2:31 PM on Oct. 12, 2010