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7 Tips To Help You Battle Cold And Flu

There is actually no cure for common cold but cold remedies are as common as common cold, When infected by a cough, cold or the flu, our airways trigger the cells of the immune system to help fight inflammation caused by symptoms. By reducing inflammation in the cells of our airways, the symptoms of sore throat and cough are relieved. With no cure in sight, over-the-counter treatments can at best bring symptom relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. If you catch a cold, you expect to feel sick for up to two weeks. That doesn't mean you have to be distraught. These remedies might help you feel better:

-Blow your nose often

It's necessary to blow your nose from time to time when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The most preferred way you should do it is firstly by : Pressing a finger over a nostril while you blow to clear the other make sure to wash your hand after blowing your nostril.

-Stay hydrated

Drinking water regularly is great because it helps normal body metabolism, also juice and warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.

-Stay Rested

Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. It helps body recovery and improves body immunity, So laying for a bit helps when you come down with a cold or flu.

-Drink Hot or Warm liquid

A cold remedy used in many cultures, taking in warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice will be be soothing and might help relieve congestion by increasing mucus flow. Warm liquids assist to relieve nasal congestion preventing dehydration. Using tea leaves, like chamomile helps soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.


Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Use a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, three times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat try astringent tea. Children younger than 6 years are unlikely to be able to gargle properly. You can also try ice chips, sore throat sprays, lozenges or hard candy. Use caution when giving lozenges or hard candy to children because they can choke on them. 

-Take a steamy shower

Taking warm steamy bathes helps moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you feel uncomfortable due to the flu you should run a steamy shower while you relax on a chair nearby and take a needed sponge bath.

-Try over the counter cold and cough medications

Decongestants are helpful to help cold and flu but one should take caution in usage of such medication. Antihistamines and pain relievers will give some symptom relief but won't prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects.

Content created and supplied by: DrEnimofe (via Opera News )


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