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Useful Remedies for the Common Cold and Influenza

By Rachelle Wilber

As the temperatures outside begin to drop, a sweep of illnesses, such as colds and influenza, are close to follow. Both adults and children alike begin to get the sniffles from colds and body aches from the flu. However, there are some useful remedies to help fight back against these common illnesses.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

When bodies are fighting illnesses, internal fluids can be lost quickly. In an effort to fight back, fluids should be increased during recovery. Hot broths and soups provide comfort as well as speeding up the movement of mucus which helps to relieve congestion. Warm tea with honey has been shown to help clear up a sore throat. Cold liquids that provide vitamin C are useful to shorten the duration of illnesses.

Get Some Rest

One of the most important ways to get over a cold or influenza is to stay at home and rest. Being sick causes the body to feel physically drained as the immune system is working in overtime. Therefore, doctors and nurses recommend taking it easy. Additionally, staying home to rest protects yourself and others from the spreading of germs. Those are special circumstances where people have a higher risk of obtaining more illnesses by not staying at home. For example, students who are in the process of earning a bachelor’s of science in nursing are more at risk because of their surroundings. Hospitals and doctors’ offices are known to be filled with sick people. It’s better to be safe than sorry in regards to your health.

Keep the Air around You Moist

Moisture in the air has been shown to help loosen mucus in the nasal passages as well as the lungs. There are several ways to create a moist environment. For a quick fix, take a warm shower. Individuals with colds can also use a home humidifier. Humidifiers use water to create steam; make sure to keep one in the bedroom to help you breathe. If a humidifier is being used, make sure to change the water each day.

Take Medicine as Needed

Pharmacies around the world offer medications that can be purchased over-the-counter to help alleviate symptoms of the flu as well as colds. Body aches and pains are a common symptom of the flu, but taking ibuprofen can help to relieve those muscle aches. If migraines are present, several brands offer medications to help clear the nasal passages. There is no reason to suffer if you can take medicine that could help you bounce back quickly.

Illnesses such as the flu or a common cold definitely aren’t a fun experience, there are ways to lessen the levels of being miserable. Staying hydrated with both hot and cold liquids can provide comfort. Keeping steam in the room can help to loosen up mucus. Medicines such as pain relievers lessen the duration of the illness. Finally, make sure to get plenty of rest.

About The Author:
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter @RachelleWilber and Facebook

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