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A Guide to Fighting Colds

Posted Oct 10 2011 12:41pm
Did you know that the average adult gets sick with a cold or flu about three times per year—averaging about nine days of sickness? (Dr. Jane Sadler) How do you handle the common cold or are you not a person who typically gets three or more colds a year?

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I read an article today which gives some tips on how to fight colds, especially before they really even get started. For example, what can you do to prevent a cold from taking root—you know when you feel that first tickle in your throat or achy body or stuffy nose. Check out this article, Stop a Cold in its Tracks , it has some great tips.

When you feel these symptoms start to come on, drink some water or juice. According to Dr. William Schaffner, “staying hydrated cuts down on symptoms like a sore throat and stuffy nose.”

One thing that my mom always told us to do was to gargle with salt water. I’ve done that through the years when I felt a scratchy throat coming on and it’s helped. According to Dr. Philip Hagen, “the salt draws out the excess water in your throat’s tissues, reducing the inflammation, and clears mucous and irritants from the back of the throat.” Another plus is that the salt rinse “flushes out bacteria and viruses, which may help whether you’re getting a cold or want to prevent one in the first place.”

The article I suggested you read also suggests that you use a saline nasal spray after your first symptoms appear so you can reduce the impact of the cold. Here’s where the neti pot shines—I use it to keep my nasal passages clean, whether I am impacted with allergies or the common cold.

How do you deal with the symptoms of the common cold? Do you use any of these home remedies or the ones further mentioned in the article: Stop a Cold in its Track? We’d love to hear from you. 
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