A stuffy nose, cough, and sore throat can make you miserable. It’s natural to look for possible quick fixes for the common cold, including sweating.
While light exercise or inhaling steam may help temporarily relieve symptoms, there is no quick way to overcome a cold. For most people, the common cold takes 7 to 10 days to heal.
This article will outline the symptoms of the common cold. It’ll answer frequently asked questions, including “Can I get a cold and sweat?” and “Should I exercise when I’m sick?” Read on to learn about cold symptom relief and why there’s no quick cure for a cold.
why you can’t sweat
Viruses cause the common cold. You can get the virus when someone else coughs or sneezes and you inadvertently breathe in the virus. The most common virus that causes the common cold is rhinovirus, although other viruses may also be to blame.
Once viruses enter your body, they start multiplying. Your body mounts an immune response to this. In fact, some cold symptoms, such as congestion, may indicate that your immune system is fighting an infection.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold. Once the virus has entered your body and multiplied, sweating will not affect it. You will only feel better after your immune system has battled the virus. For most people, this takes 7 to 10 days.
Inhale hot and humid air
While sweating isn’t a cure for a cold, some warming activities can help relieve symptoms. Breathing hot, moist air, such as in a warm shower, steam room, humidifier, or vaporizer, can help reduce cold symptoms, such as a stuffy nose. To avoid spreading the cold, you should do this at home.
Saunas have dry heat, not the damp heat of steam rooms or hot showers. While going to the sauna won’t cure a cold, some older studies that haven’t been replicated over the past 30 years (the same findings have not been replicated) suggest that regular sauna visits may help prevent colds.
exercise while sick
Exercise gets your blood flowing, and the increased circulation may temporarily relieve a stuffy nose. Because of this, some people find that light exercise, such as walking, can help them feel better when they have a cold.
However, if you overuse it, you can make things worse. Rest and hydration are essential to overcoming a cold. While exercise may feel good, now is not the time to push your body. Also, it’s important to avoid going to the gym or other public places where you can spread a cold.
Stages of a cold
Most people with the common cold have symptoms that last 7 to 10 days. It may be helpful to think about your cold at the following stages:
- Early stage: After you are exposed to the cold virus, it starts replicating in your body. It may take one to three days for symptoms to appear. During this time, you may experience mild symptoms, such as feeling tired.
- Active: Once your body mounts an immune response to a cold, you can experience intense symptoms such as a runny nose, cough, and tiredness.
- Lingering: Usually, cold symptoms don’t last more than 10 days. If they do, you should contact your healthcare provider. Unfortunately, the cough sometimes persists even when other symptoms are apparent.
Once infected, there is no cure for a cold. However, the following steps can help promote recovery and make you more comfortable:
- Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated can reduce congestion and make you feel more comfortable overall. Drink water, tea, and soup to stay hydrated.
- Rest: Rest allows your body to expend energy to fight the virus. Get 10 hours of sleep each night and avoid strenuous exercise.
- Humidify the air: Dry air can make your nasal passages susceptible to viruses, so it’s always a good idea to use a humidifier during the winter months. Humid air helps relieve congestion when you’re sick.
- Don’t smoke: Smoking can irritate your upper respiratory system, which is already battling a cold.
Unfortunately, there is no solid evidence that common home remedies, including vitamin C, zinc, and more, reduce the duration of colds. Over-the-counter cold medicines won’t help cure your cold either, but they can make you feel better and are safe for adults when taken as directed.
There’s no cure for a cold — or a sweat. Breathing warm, moist air can help relieve cold symptoms, such as a stuffy nose. Light exercise can increase blood flow, which may also help relieve congestion. However, there is no quick fix. Most people’s cold symptoms last 7 to 10 days.
Colds are painful but common. Most adults get 3 colds a year, and kids get more. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold. To help yourself heal and protect others from the cold, take it easy and stay home until your symptoms are completely gone.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a way to get rid of a cold overnight?
There is no proven way to shorten the duration of a cold. Colds are caused by viruses that have to fend for themselves. There is no cure for a cold.
What are the signs that a cold is getting better?
You may notice a reduction in symptoms as you begin to heal. You may have more energy, less congestion, and less cough. These are signs that your cold is getting better. If symptoms get better and then get worse again, it’s best to see your doctor.
How long does it take for a cold to be contagious?
You are most contagious during the first two to three days of cold symptoms. Unfortunately, you can have a cold for two weeks, so it’s best to try to avoid other people and wear a mask for 14 days after you notice cold symptoms.