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It’s Time to Cure the Common Head Cold!

Head Cold, Sneezing

Oh, if there is one temporary, mildly debilitating malady I dislike most, it is the head cold. Like most of us, I get them every now and then. And when I do, I know what I am in for: 3 to 5 days of sneezing, wheezing and sniffling.

Of course, I can’t complain, because I know a head cold is nothing compared to the flu, measles, chicken pox, or the like, and thank God I scarcely get a bona fide flu and never had to grapple with the other two ailments. But the head cold is one of the greatest annoyances I can think of, and it does impair socializing.

Think about it this way: for a person who loves to talk—and do so articulately and with a good bit of solid enunciation and projection—a head cold sure gets in my way. Nothing is worse than those “Th”s which sound like “Dh”s, and my voice always get aggravatingly throaty when I can’t speak with a clear nasal passage. And, of course, for some reason when I have a head cold, my voice sometimes begins to cut off below, like, 90 decibels, so I can forget speaking smooth-voiced, quiet asides or using a more hushed voice in close social settings(!)

And what about the sneezing? My word, sneezing just drives me nuts! Besides, who wants to get near a sneezing person? Doesn’t that image just yell “This guys spreading germs everywhere!”? Well, though I do cover my nose and mouth with ether a hanky, tissue, or the crook of my elbow (when out of other options), I do not believe sneezing makes for the most inviting of social pleasantries.

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Of course, that brings me to those sniffles. Ah, yes, this is perhaps THE trademark head cold symptom. Having to stay near a restroom or box of Kleenex is simply inconvenient when out of the house, and I have to wonder how many people find the sound of the sniffles to be socially tolerable! As far as I go, I know I tend to stay away from anybody who is sniffling, because close contact with a person suffering a sniffly olfactory system means I may be getting one of these head colds for which I hereby declare my dislike.

Is there a place for the head cold? I suppose it is good for keeping people at home (if you can get time off from work) keeping people away from you (if you are not one who much desires being around lots of people), or impairing nasal breathing (sometimes your nose needs a break from inhales and exhales, demanding your mouth stay wide open to exclusively take over those duties for a few days), but if you like breathing through your nose, speaking clearly, inviting people to want to get within ten feet of you, and you despise sneezing marathons, sniffles, and feeling “yucky” (I don’t believe I use that word in my articles too often, but it sure seems to apply to this one), then you must agree that, all things considered, the head cold is one malady for which we must find a cure!