Although the common cold is usually not dangerous, it can leave you feeling miserable. DoctorsCare has some at-home remedies to follow to help you feel better
There is no cure for a cold; however, at-home remedies can help reduce symptoms, including a sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing, aches, and pains. Do you have these symptoms and think you’re battling a cold?
- Drinking plenty of fluids can prevent you from being dehydrated and could also help thin mucus.
- Water is the best fluid to consume to stay hydrated, although other liquids such as juice are acceptable.
- Hot drinks such as tea can help break up congestion while easing your sore throat.
- Tip: Add lemon or honey to your tea! Honey helps soothe a sore throat and/or cough, and lemon will provide extra flavor as well as vitamin C.
- Do not drink alcohol if you think you have a cold, as alcohol causes you to become dehydrated.
Use a humidifier
- A humidifier or cool mist vaporizer can help with symptoms such as cough, congestion, and a sore throat as it adds moisture to the room.
- Be sure to change the water daily and clean the unit according to the instructions.
- Steam can temporarily decrease nasal congestion and sinus pressure.
- Let the steam build up in the bathroom before taking a hot shower.
- Or fill a pot with boiling water, place a towel over your head, and breathe in the steam from the pot.
- Be very careful with these options, especially with children, and make sure the water isn’t too hot in the shower and that they don’t burn themselves with the pot of boiling water.
- Gargling can help ease a sore throat, which is usually the first symptom of a cold.
- Two options will help ease your sore throat
- Saltwater – mix 1 teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water
- Lemon & honey water – mix half a teaspoon of lemon juice and honey.
- Again, be cautious with this remedy, especially around children, and ensure the water is not too hot.
If you still have these symptoms after 2 weeks or they become more severe, you should see a doctor to determine if it’s something other than the common cold.
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