This is the time of year when coughs and colds are literally everywhere. I think there are more people with colds than without! But with that being said, it is also the time of year that the best prescription I have is probably for a bit of “tincture of time”.
I wish that I had the latest and greatest cure for upper respiratory infections, aka a cold. Unfortunately, despite continually reviewing the latest literature, I really have not seen any “new” cure-all, so we are back to symptomatic treatment, which involves “tincture of time”.
In other words despite everything that is tried, I tell my patients and even myself, a cold typically takes anywhere from 7-14 days to resolve. I do think you feel better if you get extra rest, drink lots of fluids and treat the other symptoms.
As you know (from previous posts) I’m a huge vapor rub believer (and studies have proven this not just my opinion). I also drink lots of hot tea with lemon and honey (which has also been shown to help coughs). I suck on a lot of throat lozenges (lemon drops as well) and do a lot of nose blowing and hand washing, but despite all of this, I too have to be reminded that I need a hefty dose of “tincture of time” and this cold will pass!
While adults only get a cold or maybe two a season, young children get about a cold a month, which means an almost constant runny “gunky” nose and cough for more days than a parent would like to count.
I know, by this time of year everyone (including me) is already tired of colds and all of those respiratory viruses. But, just remember; hang in there, Punxsutawny Phil did not see his shadow so an early spring is on the way!