Tips for treating a cold

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When cold symptoms appear, you want them gone fast. It's hard to focus on your favorite activities when your nose is congested and runny, you can't stop sneezing, and your throat is scratchy.  

High fluid intake thins mucus and makes it easier to discharge from the nose and sinuses.2 Fluids lubricate the mucous membranes, reducing nasal dryness.  

Drink lots of fluids 

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Warm liquids soothe colds, but fluids are great too. Medicated hot drinks soothe inflamed nose and throat membranes, relieving cough and sore throat symptoms.  

Drink warm liquids 

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The body needs sleep to recover and heal. Cytokines, which combat infection and inflammation, are produced as you sleep, according to research.  

Sleep it off

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Avoid stress so your body can focus on immunological health. Take daily meditation pauses to reduce stress and keep calm: Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing for a few minutes (or longer if you can).  


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Using a nasal saline spray that does not include any medication, such as Sinex Saline Ultra Fine Nasal Mist, can be helpful in relieving congestion caused by a cold.  

Use saline nasal drops and sprays 

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A neti pot helps remove nasal debris and mucous. A neti pot is designed to remove mucus. Bend your head sideways over the sink, place the neti pot spout in the upper nostril, pour saltwater into it, and let it drip down your lower nose.  

Use a neti pot 

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Cold sore throats can be relieved by gargling with salt water. Use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of warm water.7 Your throat tissues lose fluids through the high-salt barrier.  

Gargle saltwater 

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To make the air more moist while you sleep, put a humidifier or cool mist device in your bedroom. Dry air may make your nose and throat feel even worse.  

Add moisture to the air 

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Sit in a warm shower when you have a cold and a stuffy nose. Steam from a dish of boiling water can be inhaled. Warm (not hot) steam thins mucus, helping it drain.  

Breathe in some steamy air 

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When you are feeling under the weather, it is difficult to feel better because the symptoms of your cough won't go away because of your cold.  

Soothe your cough 

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Mucus stops when you lie horizontally. It can cause congestion and cough. Propping your head with pillows at night helps gravity work for you.9 Sleeping at a sloping angle keeps nasal fluid moving, preventing congestion and cold symptoms.  

 Adjust your sleeping position

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There is no fix for the common cold, but these 15 ways to get rid of a cold will help ease your symptoms so you can get back to your normal work soon.  


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