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Relief from common cold

With the changes in the weather many people have become infected with cold. Getting soaked in the monsoon rains contribute to this. Not many of us may know that the common cold is caused by a virus that has no cure , the only solution to it is to wait it out. However you can relieve yourself to some extent and prevent complications by following the simple precautions. 

Ways to minimize the effects of a cold virus:

• Isolate yourself from others so you won’t pass it on. Colds are very contagious.

• Wash your hands frequently. This will prevent the spread of your cold to others.

• Use tissues instead of handkerchiefs to avoid spreading germs.

• Drink extra liquids (water, tea, juices, or chicken soup) to avoid dehydration. Staying hydrated will keep the moist linings of your nose and throat from becoming dry. Mucus will stay moist and flow out of your body (a runny nose is better than a stuffy nose.)

• Take care of your immune system by sticking to a healthy balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.

• Use a mist humidifier to keep the air moist. This will help prevent the delicate linings of your nose and throat from drying out.

• Gargle with warm salt water to soothe your sore throat as this will shrink the mucus membranes in your throat and decrease the pain from inflammation.

• Take extra vitamin C, which may shorten the duration of your cold. Vitamin C also may work as a natural decongestant. The best dose appears to be 500 mg four times per day. Anything more will not absorb well into the body. This has been suggested but is not medically proven.

• Cider Vinegar – It’s been said that Cider Vinegar can help to reduce your chances of contracting a cold by taking a teaspoon of cider vinegar in a tumbler of water during breakfast and another with the main meal of the day – every day. It is said that the remedy is also beneficial in that it cleanses the palate and helps to break down fats and prevent clogging of the arteries, although this is too has not been medically proven.

• Take hot showers to relieve nasal stuffiness.  The steam will shrink the mucus membranes in your nose and throat and aid mucus drainage.

• Take cough medicine to relieve a cough.

• Use a nasal-decongestant spray for 3 days or less to avoid the rebound effect, which may cause increased congestion later.

• Slow down a little. Rest when you get home from work .

• Get extra sleep. Your body needs more rest as it fights off the infection.

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