I just want to commiserate... I have a cold that's lasting longer than it usually does and just plain sucks more cause I'm trying not to take anything... so I hear you and I'm so sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have taken some acetominophen for the sore throat and used throat spray (chloroseptic).
I got a sinus headache and stuffiness but am kind of toughing that stuff out.
So I guess... there's no way I see to make it go away. I have however tried a home remedy that's been recommended to me a few times. Instead of drinking OJ or taking vitamin C pills, I'm trying to use lots of natural food sources for vitamins - lots of grapefruits, pepper and berries.
Also there is a ton of vit. c in lemon rind (the white stuff between the fruit and the peel. A remedy suggested to me is to blend a 1/4 lemon peel (i save lemons I use for cooking in the freezer for this purpose) blended iwth 1c blueberries and sweetened with grape juice because the lemon is very bitter. It's a supershot of vitamin c and you take 1/2 cup of that every few hours.
But... I don't know if it will make the cold symptoms disappear... they're like the last thing to go.