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Natural Tips to Treat Cold Symptoms

I’ve finally succumbed to the bug that has been plaguing my home and office in the past couple of weeks. I have a cold that came on so fast, I didn’t notice or take action until it was too late! I am thankful that I don’t have the severe symptoms of some, but they are bad enough to keep me away from work for a day. In an earlier post, I provided tips for avoiding colds and a few suggestions on dealing with colds; however, these work best when you are still healthy or just getting sick. What should you do if the cold sneaks up on you and preventative measures didn’t seem to help?

  • Continue to wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of your germs to others.
  • Be sure to take your vitamins, zinc lozenges, and echinacea.
  • If you are congested, take a hot shower to help relax your muscles.
  • Drink plenty of warm fluids.
  • Get lots of rest and sleep with your head propped up to help avoid problems breathing from drainage.
  • Blow your nose frequently and gently and use a saline nasal spray.

These are all obvious suggestions, I am sure, but in our hectic lives, it is always a good reminder. There are no cures for the cold and the flu. Most people in American society are not interested in slowing down and allowing a cold to run its course, but that is the best thing we can do for ourselves and others. If you absolutely must go to work, over the counter medications can help, but be careful. Medication only masks the symptoms of a cold, it won’t cure your cold. Only rest and time will do that.

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