I've had this problem recently, in fact, and this article will discuss ways to deal with it.
Firstly, however, the Disclaimer. I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV. None of what I'm saying in this article should be construed as medical advice. Always check with your doctor before changing meds, and if you're in major distress, go directly to the nearest ER.
Whew! With those things being said, we can continue our education.
Few indeed would bother with a clinic visit for simple respiratory ailments before Covid came along. Many respiratory illnesses are viral, and a standard MD would simply send you home with the advice to rest, drink plenty of fluids, maybe some Tamiflu, along with a big medical bill. I well remember a flu season around 2009 or so when Tamiflu couldn't be found for any money, and this history has repeated itself. And that's even after studies showed that Tamiflu wasn't all that effective in shortening the duration of the flu! Covid of course, is a whole different topic, as Daisy has described in her own experience here. My intention is to discuss the simpler cold and flu version, and how to support your respiratory system toward recovery.
I've been dealing with the winter sniffles myself, which isn't as bad as the flu but definitely needed to be dealt with. People giving me paranoid looks, wondering if they're going to be infected by Covid isn't a great feeling! I can well imagine how Typhoid Mary must have felt. But take heart! There are many herbal alternatives.