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Tried and tested cold remedies
The season of coughs, colds and sniffles is upon us once again and, even if you have managed to escape so far, chances are someone you know will unfortunately be struck down at some point. Here are some tips to help lessen the impact.
1. Drink plenty of fluids
When you’ve got a cold, you lose a lot of fluid from sweating or having a runny nose. So, steer clear of booze, coffee and fizzy pop as these all make dehydration worse; instead, take plenty of water and fruit juice as these will both alleviate congestion and prevent dehydration.
These can be taken either by mouth or as a spray directly into your nose, helping you breathe more easily by reducing the swelling inside your nose. If you don’t like the thought of taking more pills or spraying stuff up your nose, try inhaling menthol instead – buy some menthol crystals (or use a menthol ointment such as Vicks VapoRub) and dissolve in hot water. Inhale the vapours for a couple of minutes. Olbas Oil is also effective – sprinkle some over your pillow at night and allow the vapours to work their magic while you’re asleep.
Honey is a soothing healing agent which helps to boost immunity from colds and treat cold symptoms. It has a diverse array of antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial nutrients, making it an excellent cold medicine which mixes well with other remedies. Try mixing it with a couple of tablespoonsful of apple cider vinegar, warm water and lemon and drink several times a day.
To help keep aches and pains away, or lower a temperature, take paracetamol or ibuprofen – but make sure you check the correct dosage on the packaging first and don’t take them if you are using other cough or cold medicines as it is easy to take more than the recommended dose.
A sore throat can be really painful; try gargling with salt water to help soothe it.
Above all else, make sure you get plenty of rest and keep warm.
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