Helpful tips for getting rid of the common cold.1. Drippy Nose? Scratchy Throat?
Take two: Popping 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 10 mg of zinc at the outset may ease symptoms and even shorten your cold.
All stuffed up? Steam in a shower; follow with a decongestant. Sprays work better than pills, but stop after three days to avoid rebound congestion. Oral decongestants can keep you up, so don't take within several hours of bed.3. Take Your Temp
A fever over 101° is a sign you could have the flu. Call your doc.
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Kiwifruit is loaded with the vitamin; one study (using golden kiwi) found it reduced the severity and duration of colds. Strawberries are another rich source.5. If You're Hacking
Try a teaspoon of honey before bed. It may release cough-suppressing opioids.6. Get Rest
And try an extra pillow - it helps gravity move mucus out of your sinuses.
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In lab studies, its enzymes have had an antiviral effect, and the fluid helps wash away mucus.8. Feeling Achy?
All painkillers - ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen - help. Choose based on side effects: If you have stomach issues, avoid ibuprofen and naproxen; if you have three or more alcoholic drinks a day, skip acetaminophen.9. Say No to Joe
Have a mug of warm cider or herbal tea. Drinks keep you hydrated, thinning mucus and helping it move out of your system. But caffeine can irritate your throat.
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Stress can aggravate symptoms.11. Still Sick?
Or getting sicker? If it's been 10 days, call your doctor. You might have a new infection.
13. Feeling Better?
Start moving: Exercise relieves stress and may help clear any lingering congestion. Start slowly - with yoga or walking - if you're not 100% yet. But keep it up: People who work out regularly get fewer colds.
--by Daryn Eller
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