Try these natural remedies for common cold and flu

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It is really annoying to go through cold and cough. Sometimes it gets worse than a fever. While there are a lot of medicines to cure your cold but you can ease your symptoms by following these easy and natural remedies at home and can get rid of the mucus and cold. Here are some remedies and things that you can try:

1. HEAT UP

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Chicken soup or hot tea can help you a lot when you are stuck in cold. The warmth of tea moves down through your throat and reaches your stomach. This thing loosens your mucus and helps you coughing it out. You can also go for steam. Sitting in bathroom with hot shower can also ease your stuffy nose and head.

2. KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED

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In cold, your body makes more mucus. Making mucus requires a lot of moisture which it uses from your body. By keeping yourself hydrated you can make your mucus thin and less sticky. Hence you can easily cough out your mucus. Caffeine and alcohol are not good as they can dehydrate your body.

3. SOOTHE YOUR SKIN

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People blow their nose frequently when they suffer from cold. This can make your skin red and can cause rashes around and beneath your nose. You can use facial tissues that contain lotion to keep your skin moist or you can apply some petroleum jelly to the dry area.

4. GARGLE WITH SALT WATER

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This is a great remedy when you are having sore throat. Add some salt to a glass of warm water and mix it. The salty-warm combination can give you temporary relief. Repeat the process 6-7 times a day at least and you will be fine in a day.

5. CONSIDER SUPPLEMENTS

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There are some supplements that are known to shorten your cold. After seeking advice from your doctor you can go for zinc, vitamin C and echinacea. Don’t forget to take the advice of your doctor to make sure it does not react with any other drug that you are taking.

6. STAY COVERED

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You should stay at home and prevent yourself from getting into contact of other people. If you have to go out, then limit you’re your contact with people and keep yourself covered with a tissue. Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze to keep from getting germs on your hands. A little courtesy goes a long way.

The common cold usually takes about a week, so take it easy, take care of yourself, and you’ll be up before you know it.

[source:webmd.com]

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