My dad was a genius for oh so may reasons, but one of the things he taught me was a really cool cold remedy.
I started feeling wonky on Monday night, but thought it was due to an intense three hour workout. Of course, I'd be wiped out after that! But by Tuesday night I felt like I might be getting sick. I started taking my go to remedy, Astra Isatis, which usually kicks these things out of my system.
It kept my symptoms at bay until last night when I started to get chills. So, I pulled out my dad's trick: super hot bath while drinking super hot tea (or hot water with grated fresh ginger) -- until you can stand the super-hot no more. THEN, wrap yourself in a big warm robe, get under a bunch of layers of blankets, and sweat it out. I sweat for about an hour and a half, went to sleep and woke up in the middle of the night with a piercing sore throat.
Yes, sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Felt wonky all day, chills until just now. Another round of hot house therapy and the feverish chills are now gone. Sore throat is now also magically gone.
So, give it a shot next time you have a cold. And, I highly recommend Astra Isatis to keep on hand for when your immune system takes a dip for any reason.