When you have a cough or cold (or both), it takes all your energy just to get out of bed. Your head feels like a water balloon, your nose won’t stop running, and your lungs sound like a freight train. To relieve some of your symptoms, a shower is better than a bath for many reasons.
A shower releases much-needed steam that can help open up your airways and get a lot of that mucous out that is making it difficult for you to breath and function normally. The shower water helps massage your aching muscles, and the raining water on your back helps to break up mucous and give you small relief. Placing Eucalyptus oil or a Vicks shower tablet in the bottom of the shower further helps to open up your airways as the medicated steam fills your lungs and nostrils.
While a bath may be relaxing, the water can store in your ears and nasal cavities, making you feel worse. You’re already prone for earaches and getting water in your ears can cause pain and make your head feel even stuffier than before you hit the tub. If you’re going to bathe, try to keep your head out of the water to avoid distressing your sensitive ears, eyes, and nasal cavities. Keep in mind that a bath can help relieve your aching muscles, but you won’t have the benefit of steam from the shower so you may not feel that much better after getting out of the tub.
A shower while you’re all stuffy from a cough or cold can work wonders to get you up and at it for the day. If you possibly can, forgo the tub and head for the shower, and you will feel much better for it.