At-home cold remedies that actually work

It’s never fun to wake up with a cold.

You open your crusty eyes, roll out of bed and feel your body aching.

Your head is pounding, your sinuses feel like they’re filled with cement, and your throat feels like you’ve swallowed a white-hot poker.

Chances are you have a bug of some sort.

Cue the next component of the waking-up-with-a-cold-process: a Google search for at-home cold remedies, none of which typically offer any worthwhile results.

Until today, that is, thanks to an article from Medical Xpress.

The following remedies come directly from this article.

Hydration: “Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated drinks, which can make dehydration worse.”

Rest: “Your body needs to heal.”

To relieve a sore throat: “A saltwater gargle—1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water—can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat. Children under 6 are unlikely to be able to gargle properly. You can also try ice chips, sore-throat sprays, lozenges or hard candy. Don’t give lozenges or hard candy to  under 4 because they can choke on them.”

If you’re stuffed up: “Over-the-counter saline nasal drops and sprays can help relieve stuffiness and congestion. In infants, experts recommend putting several saline drops into one nostril, and then gently suctioning that nostril with a bulb syringe. To do this, squeeze the bulb, gently place the syringe tip in the nostril to { inch and slowly release the bulb. Saline nasal sprays may be used in .”

To soothe pain: “For children 6 months old or younger, give only acetaminophen. For children older than 6 months, give either acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ask your child’s  for the correct dose for your child’s age and weight. Adults can take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin. Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children over 3, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin because it has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, a rare but potentially life-threatening condition, in such children.

For adults and children over 5, OTC decongestants, antihistamines and pain relievers might help. However, they won’t prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects. Experts agree that these shouldn’t be given to younger children. Overuse and misuse of these medications can cause serious damage. Take medications only as directed. Some cold remedies contain multiple ingredients, such as a decongestant plus a pain reliever, so read the labels of cold medications you take to make sure you’re not taking too much of any medication.”

Drink warm fluids: “A cold  used in many cultures, taking warm liquids such as chicken soup, tea or warm apple juice, might be soothing and ease congestion by increasing mucus flow.”

Add hydration to airflow: “A cool mist vaporizer or humidifier can add moisture to your home, which might help loosen congestion. Change the water daily, and clean the unit according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t use steam, which hasn’t been shown to help and may cause burns. Try over-the-counter cold and cough medications.”

Here’s hoping these strategies show some effective results!

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