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Remedies for Cold and Flu

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If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for one to two weeks. That doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Besides getting enough rest, these remedies might help you feel better.

Stay hydrated

Water, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.

Soothe a sore throat

Mix a pinch of salt with 1 tsp of honey and eat, this will soothe your throat temporarily.

gargle

A saltwater gargle — 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.

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Nasal drops

Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays can help relieve stuffiness and congestion. In infants, experts recommend putting several saline drops into one nose, Saline nasal sprays may be used in older children. (if you never use nasal sprays then ask your Gp or medical pharmacist to assist you)

warm fluids

A warm remedy used in many cultures, using warm fluids, something like chicken soup, tea, the vegetable soup, green tea might be soothing and might ease congestion by increasing mucus flow.

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Add moisture to the air

A cool mist vaporizer or humidifier can add moisture to your home, which might help loosen congestion and change the water daily.

Avoid

alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can cause dehydration worse.

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