Do not drink cold water. Your colds never stops because you continue to drink cold water. Mom and others is always telling me the previous sentence whenever I catch colds. I heard from conversation that virus and bacteria love cold conditions. They multiply fast whenever a glass of ice cold water pass through the mouth. Maybe true and may be not. However, I am experiencing hard to stop cough and a runny nose whenever the weather gets very cold at night or I am inside an air conditioned room.
Get enough sleep and rest. Perhaps you have been noticing, we often catch colds and cough whenever we are sleep deprived. It is obvious that our immune system is going down. Go to bed early to get enough sleep and rest.
Drink plenty of water. There is no real medicine for common colds. Not sure if it still holds true until now! Doctor’s advise is to drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
Do not eat sugary foods. Simply because sugar increases mucus production. The more mucus the more liquid sent to throat and more coughing. Different websites have different opinion about this. Taking honey as cough cure contradicts this matter.
Do not eat camote/sweet potato. I laughed loudly about this. I ate boiled camote and suffered too much coughing few hours after. Maybe it was just a coincidence.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. Do not try to endure it for too long. Expert advice and prescription will help a lot.
update as of June 29, 2012. Please see “What not to take when having dry cough| Doctor’s Advice“.