Can dirty socks really cure your cold?

By: Skye Blank, Staff Writer

It’s that time of the year again, “sick” season, the weather is frosty and gloomy, and there are tissue boxes in every corner of the classroom.  Half of your class is GONE with some sort of fever or cough.

The worst thing about getting a cold is having to miss school and miss important lessons or tests. Let’s be real, we all would love to miss a day of school, but missing a day to be miserable at home and miss important school things doesn’t sound all that great. We all have tried some weird ways to get rid of our colds quickly. Most people when they are sick try to sweat their cold out or eat a lot of chicken noodle soup. But do these remedies actually work?

I looked up a few ways others try to get rid of their colds quickly and I came across some bizarre methods. Have you ever greased your throat with lard then put dirty socks around your neck to get rid of your common cold? This method is known to help you sweat out the common cold virus.  I personally wouldn’t recommend this method though, putting dirty socks around your face doesn’t seem all too sanitary and could maybe even make your cold get worse.

Sophomore Sam Shafer says, “What I do sometimes when I catch a cold is somewhat out of the ordinary. I gargle a concoction of salt and vinegar to clear out any mucus. It sounds strange but to my surprise it never seems to let me down.”

Vinegar is acidic therefore can kill bad bacterias that maybe causing you to feel sick. Vinegar can even soothe the throat. Salt can be used on a day to day basis to help make your body stronger to fighting off infections.

Sophomore Aiden Evans says, “Using warm honey, coconut oil, and baking soda helps.”

Honey is known to help relieve sore throats and coughs and even some research shows that it is even better than some cough medicine, and tastes better too. Coconut oil has many antioxidants that can prevent colds by boosting one’s immune system. It can also help shorten the length of a cold. Baking soda is used to treat heartburn and soothe stomach acid

Freshman Keira Ching says she rubs ginger on her back. But what does this do for her? Well ginger is known to treat nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

No matter how weird these methods are everyone has their own way of curing their colds.