My father used to have us cover ourselves with plenty of blankets and covers so the body will sweat in order to get rid of the germs faster through our system. Hair should be dried properly and socks should be worn as head and feet are the main sources of a cold to enter the body.
The old saying goes "feast the cold, fast the fever," which I find to be true. Getting rid of cold symptoms or getting out of chronic cold and coughs depends on what kinds of foods we eat too. Vitamin C is believed to be the best source in order to avoid and prevent colds because it is an immune booster. Citrus fruits, lemon or orange juices, tomatoes, and tamarind, among other foods, have high amounts of vitamin C. Drinking warm water with a half a spoon of honey and two teaspoons of lemon or lime juice will not only soothe the itchy and dry throat but also boosts the immune system with vitamin C. Chicken soups are the best way to go as far as food is concerned as they tend to keep the temperatures intact in the body and helps in decongestion. Spicy foods are good to get rid of a stuffy nose and nasal congestion and lets us breathe easy. Drinking plenty of water at room temperature will help in clearing stuffy noses and heads and also hydrate our bodies. Avoiding sugary products and oily foods is necessary so we do not get dehydrated. Black pepper is sometimes used with tea or warm milk to clear the nasal passages. Eucalyptus oil was used to rub our heads, chest and back to reduce discomfort and also drops were added to our milk or water to drink. This oil was also added to a plain tissue or handkerchief to breathe in to get rid of stuffy nose and chest congestion.
Antihistamines and decongestants such as Nyquil and Vicks are helpful in suppressing the colds and coughs. Robitussin and sugar free Robitussin are commonly-used decongestants. There are plenty of cold and cough products sold over the counter in pharmacies. Care should be taken when taking cold medicines as most of them tend to make us drowsy. Remember these are all temporary remedies only.