I just am getting over mine, but thank God it didn't get into my chest...just the tickle in the throat and stuffed sinuses......anyhow, Sudafed works good and we are allowed to have it. Niquil at night to help me sleep (I halved the dose, knocked me on my ass! Was surprised! LOL) Vicks below nostrils, nasal spray and off to sleepy land.
One thing, this is the first cold I have gotten since quitting smoking in July, and the first one in 33 years that didn't move down into my chest and left quickly..... so glad I quit.