I'm having crazy dreams
My morning coffee tastes strange
Anywhere from 75 to 95 percent of our taste is related to smell, so in order to fully appreciate the flavor of foods, we have to be able to smell them. Because the nose plays such an important part in what we taste, when it is stuffed up with mucus, we can temporarily lose our sense of smell and taste. "When you have a cold, your body is trying to fight off the virus," says Dr. Lynem. "The tissue in your nasal passages and throat become inflamed and obstructed and because of this, you lose your sense of smell and taste." Here are eight medical reasons why we lose our sense of smell.
I'm craving junk food
When we are sick we just want to feel better, which means we often turn to comfort foods, says Dr. Lynem. "But instead of reaching for the junk food, the best thing to do is to increase your intake of vitamin C—oranges and orange juice." While craving salty foods may indicate that you are dehydrated, rather than reach for the chips, Dr. Lynem suggests having something that is more soothing and hydrating such as warm apple juice, chicken soup, or hot tea with honey, as honey has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Gargling with salt and warm water is also recommended as it can help decrease the inflammation in your throat, says Dr. Lynem. Here are the top foods to eat when you have a cold.
I can't concentrate at work
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I'm thirsty all the time
When you have a cold, you cough, sneeze, and sniffle, causing your body to lose fluids through nasal drainage, says Dr. Lynem. A low-grade fever (100 degrees or less) is also a symptom of a common cold, causing you to sweat and lose body fluids. The loss of body fluids, along with the fact that your mouth may be dry because you can't breathe through your nose, makes us thirstier than usual, says Dr. Lynem. Drinking warm liquids such as chicken soup can help with hydration and have been proven to help with congestion by thinning down the mucus. While staying hydrated is important, don't overdo it--too much fluid can lead to over-hydration, which can be dangerous. Check out these six signs of electrolyte imbalance.
My head hurts when I brush my hair
Muscle aches and pains are common cold symptoms and can affect all parts of the body, even the muscles of the face and scalp, says Dr. Lynem. "But when you have pain that radiates to the head from the face, that can be a symptom of sinusitis," she says. Sinusitis (an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses), often a result of the common cold, along with dermatitis, migraines, and shingles are all symptoms of scalp sensitivity. If the pain lasts more than 10 days, you should see a doctor, says Dr. Lynem. Here are 10 more symptoms of shingles you might be ignoring.
I don't feel like talking to anyone
Working out makes me feel better
While exercising when you have a fever or chest congestion is not advised, mild to moderate physical activity is usually OK when you have a common cold. (And, in fact, regular exercise is one of the 23 daily habits of people who never get sick.) According to The Mayo Clinic, exercising when you have a cold may help you feel better by opening your nasal passages and temporarily relieving nasal congestion. Exercising also boosts endorphins, which can make you feel better. While some research has shown that regular, moderate-intensity exercise may have an effect on the prevention of the common cold, when you have a cold it is better to take it easy and modify your exercise routine. "When you are sick you don't want to overexpose yourself to the elements, become drenched with sweat, or workout too strenuously," says Dr. Lynem."The best thing you can do is rest."
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I need to wear my darkest sunglasses
When you have a cold or the flu, your eyes can become red, inflamed, and irritated, making them more sensitive to light, says Dr. Lynem. Headaches caused by blocked sinuses can also contribute to making our eyes extra sensitive to light. Another condition associated with the common cold is viral conjunctivitis (pink eye), which can cause our eyes to itch and burn, become red, and discharge mucus. "When your eyes are sensitive, wearing sunglasses when it is sunny (or not) is recommended," she says. "Cold compresses, which can help reduce inflammation and pain, are also recommended." Check out these 39 simple habits to protect your eyes.