> If you do catch a cold, then all you can do is treat the symptoms. There are no drugs to cure it, so aiding recovery is your aim.
> If you do wake up with cold symptoms, try inhaling steam or warm air for up to 15 minutes. This can help reduce the symptoms of a cold.
> Large doses of vitamin C may help you with your symptoms, although medical opinion is divided.
> Always use disposable tissues, rather than handkerchiefs, and throw them out immediately after use.
> Don't overuse heaters. They can dry the air and weaken your defences. Keep the heat at a moderate level and stay extra warm with blankets and hot drinks.
> Try paracetamol to help lower your temperature and decongestants to combat the misery of a blocked nose.
> Take it easy and rest your body. Remember, it's busy fighting an infection so don't stress it even more.
> The good news is, once you've had a particular strain of cold or flu virus, you won't get it again. Unfortunately, there are so many cold viruses around -- more than 200 in fact -- that you could go straight into another infection if you don't take the necessary precautions!