Thursday, December 2, 2010

Health Tip

There’s no cure for the common cold, but you can feel better with plenty of rest and fluids and gargling with salt water for a sore throat

It’s not even winter, and you’ve already caught your third cold of the season. Not fair. While there is no cure, there are a few things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and make yourself more comfortable. If possible, take the day off from work and lounge around the house. This will reduce the risk of infecting others, and give your body the chance to restore its strength and fight the infection. Fevers can deplete fluids from your system and make your mucus thicker, so be sure to drink plenty of liquids. And don’t forget the chicken soup. When researchers put this old wives tale to the test, they found that chicken soup really can help you feel better by acting as an anti-inflammatory and helping to clear mucus from the sinuses. Gargling with salt water can temporarily relieve dry, scratchy sore throats. If the air is dry, using a cool-mist room humidifier can help moisten the air and lessen your coughing and congestion.

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