For those of us in colder climates, many of us have already battled the common cold this season. Though generally not a serious illness for those who’re otherwise healthy, the common cold can be a nuisance.
Keep reading to find out some natural cold remedies that have been evaluated in randomized controlled trials.
What Are the Symptoms of the Common Cold?
Typically symptoms of the common cold include: sore throat, cough, sneezing, running nose, headache, fatigue, and a low-grade fever. The symptoms of the common cold tend to last for around a week.
How Do You Get Sick?
Since colds are caused by more than 100 different viruses, antibiotics are ineffective for treating the common cold though physicians sometimes prescribe them to treat secondary bacterial infections (bronchitis, pneumonia).
Tips to Prevent Catching a Cold?
Though there’s no 100% reliable way of preventing colds, you can reduce your risk by washing your hands regularly, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting regular exercise, sleep, and limiting your stress levels. In addition to these common measures, there’s also some herbs and vitamins that may also be effective natural cold remedies.
Lifestyle Treatments for the Common Cold:
- Make sure that you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to loosen mucus
- Hot beverages – studies suggest that hot beverages can help to temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of colds such as sore throat, cough, and runny nose.
- Get plenty of rest – It’s important to avoid complications and to restore your energy levels.
- Continue to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy diet.
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