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Cold rememdies you can do at home


An important supply when you have a cold!

Cold season has come early this year and it has brought stuffy noses, coughing, sore throats and fevers.  One problem with the common cold is that is often can't be treated with antibiotics.  Antibiotics treat bacterial infections while many colds are viral.  Below are some cold remedies that may help ease your symptoms.

Chicken soup and hot tea: Sipping warm liquids can help ease a sore throat pain, clear nasal passages and generally soothe you.

Saline Nasal Rinse: Using a Netty pot, or a warm saline rinse in your nasal passages can loosen mucus without harming your nose or ingesting chemicals.  This treatment is safe for most children as well as women who are pregnant. 

Steam/Humidity: Using a humidifier can moisten the air so your mucous membranes are not dried out.  This can relieve some of your painful scratchy throat and dry stuffy nose.  If you don't have a humidifier, simply boil a pot of water and stand near it to breath in the steam - not too close because the steam will burn you.  Or try turning on the hot shower and letting it run while you sit in the closed bathroom and breathe in all of the steam.

Increasing your fluids: By drinking more water, juice or clear broth you can help your body fight your cold by thinning out the mucous in your body so it is able to come out more easily through coughing or blowing your nose.  Increasing your fluids will also make sure you don't get dehydrated. 

Extra Pillows: Sleeping with a few pillows behind the back of your head can help keep your head clear while you sleep.  By keeping your head up, your nasal passages have a better chance of staying clear throughout the night.

Saltwater Gargle: Gargling with 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can help relieve a sore throat

Rest, Rest, Rest: Sleep and rest are a vital part of cold recovery.  Sleep and rest as much as you can when you feel a cold coming on. 

*Prevention tip: WASH YOUR HANDS as much as you can throughout the day to keep germs away!!

Comments

  • Mary 4 years ago

    This is such a great article full of such good ideas. I think it so important to pay attention to the basics of helping yourself get better, the body has so many healing capabilities you just have to give it time and take care of yourself.

  • Bree 4 years ago

    I just want to add the prevention advice of coughing or sneezing into the elbow. I know of a program that helps teach this method to young kids, the #1 spreaders of germs. My daughter learned this great program called Germy Wormy Germ Smart at pre-school. It teaches kids to understand how germs spread and how to NOT spread them. The website speaks for itself: germywormy.com

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