Warning: I am not a doctor or medical professional. The following article and technique is from my own personal experience and is to entertain and educate the reader in the method that I personally use. Don’t be a dumb-ass and not get medical help from a legitimate health care professional just because some guy on the internet gave you his opinion.
I very rarely get sick. I think it has something to do with the fact that when I was a kid I used to go around intentionally exposing myself to dirty things because I heard somewhere that doing so helps you build up your immune system. As the last time I can remember getting sick was over three years ago I think my childhood strategy may have actually worked.
But don’t worry. I’m not going to teach you how to get over a cold fast by having you chew on sticks or sniff dirt. Instead there’s an unorthodox technique that I’ve used during the last few years when I do get sick which normally shortens my colds to just one day. While this technique may be easy and effective, I can’t promise you that it will be comfortable.
Warning: Bro Science
Germs can only survive effectively within a small temperature range. Go outside that range and the ability of the virus or bacteria to survive and multiply is greatly diminished. That’s why when you get sick your body naturally increases its internal temperature. It’s your bodies attempt to kill or slow down the infection.
To get over a cold fast, you want to help your body along in this process by artificially increasing your fever.
What I do when I feel a cold coming on is cancel all my appointments for the day, grab about 10 large glasses of warm water, turn the heat up in my room, then lie in bed all day wrapped in a blanket and attempt to make myself as hot as possible.
Intentionally trying to increase your internal body temperature will assist your body in its fight against the infection.
Hot baths are also encouraged for this purpose, and are probably the fastest way to increase your internal temperature.
Be warned though, staying in hot water for too long can be dangerous, so take extreme care. Immediately remove yourself from the heat and cool off if you start to feel dizzy or get a headache. This can be a sign of heat exhaustion which can lead to heat stroke if not treated.
Dehydration is also a problem you want to avoid. Hot baths can increase your body temperature, but will also increase your rate of dehydration. The hot water will cause you to sweat profusely, you just won’t notice because you’re submerged in water. Even without hot baths, if you turn the heat up in your room and stay under the covers you will sweat a lot. So stay hydrated. That’s why I recommend keeping multiple glasses of water by your bed.
Taking these steps should help you get over a cold fast and will probably decrease the duration of your cold from one week or more down to just a day or two. This may not be the most comfortable trick in the world for curing a cold, but in my experience it works better than anything I’ve ever tried.