Home Remedies for Cold

Can’t bear that headache which seems to go hand in hand with your runny nose and sore throat in conspiring against your health? Well congratulations my friend. For you seem to have been served with one of the most common viral infections on earth, the dreaded common cold!

Common cold is categorized as a viral infection that affects the throat and nose. It is said to manifest in the body of an individual who either inhales the virus particles spread by an infected person by coughing, sneezing, speaking or wiping the nose, or when the individual in question touches a contaminated surface like a towel, telephone or doorknob that the infected individual touched before.

Although quite a harmless infection, common cold can leave you with some very nasty and irritable symptoms that last anywhere from a few days to an entire week. While children aged below six years are more susceptible to infection, healthy adults are not spared from it either.

The Various Causes of Common Cold

There are over 800 different kinds of virus that have the potential to cause common cold in human beings. However, the most prominent of them happens to be the rhinovirus which can easily move from one person to another via the air or touch, and can easily enter your body via the eyes, mouth or nose to cause cold.

The Risk Factors associated with Common Cold

While it is common for an adult to catch cold at least twice annually, there are some individuals who stand higher chances of getting affected by common repeatedly owing to these risk factors.

Exposure to infection: The first and foremost reason for a person to get common cold is to get exposed to the airborne virus which can pass from one body to another via touch or air.

Climate: While you can catch cold at any time of the year, the risks of being infected by the rhinovirus increase during winters.

Weak Immune System: If your immune system is compromised or is weak, you stand higher chances of being affected by bacterial and viral infections, including common cold.

Smoking: If you smoke on a constant basis, your risks of getting common cold increases manifold.

The Symptoms of Common Cold

The symptoms of a common cold are not immediate. Rather, they take one or two days after the initial exposure to manifest and worsen. Some of the most common symptoms associated with a common cold include:

  • Runny/Stuffed Nose
  • Sore throat
  • Constant cough
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion/discharge
  • Headache
  • Body ache
  • Flu
  • Fatigue

The symptoms take anywhere between 3 days and a week to disappear. You may also notice a thick, yellow discharge from the nose when sneezing or from your mouth while coughing.

Possible Complications That Arise from Common Cold

A cold that starts to dissipate after a few days can be considered normal. However, if the symptoms of the cold do not reduce or worsen over a period of time, chances are you may run into the risk of contracting further complications. These include:

  • Otitis media or acute ear infection
  • Asthma
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Chest infection
  • Strep Throat
  • Bronchitis, and
  • Pneumonia

Home Remedies for Cold That Really Works

You may consider it to be a harmless infection. And even though it harmless, there are always chances for a common cold to turn into something more serious. Hence, it is considered wise to try and bring down the symptoms of the infection within the first two days.

While there are plenty of OTC medications for cold, nothing beats the effectiveness of a good old home remedy which will be spot on in curbing the symptoms of the infection instantly.

Accordingly, here are some age old remedies for cold that you can conjure up using simple ingredients found in your kitchen. Try these out before heading out to buy medications or visiting a doctor to treat the cold.

1. Apple cider vinegar for cold

Apple cider vinegar is a miracle cure for common cold. Not only does it do a great job of flushing away the rhinovirus from your system, but also prevents the onset of common cold. Considering its effectiveness in handling the symptoms to get rid of flu naturally, let’s check out a few simple remedies using it as an active ingredient.

A few pointers to note beforehand:

  • Although it is an effective remedy for cold, too much of apple cider vinegar is not good for your health as well.
  • Drink only diluted apple cider vinegar as the raw version can irritate the throat and esophagus.
  • Do not opt for a remedy using apple cider vinegar if you are pregnant, lactating or diabetic.
  • Make sure you use a straw to drink any remedy that has apple cider vinegar in it as the ingredient can erode the tooth enamel.

Method I: Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar may be acidic in nature. However, it helps alkalinize the body and restore the system’s pH balance. This, in turn, creates a non-favorable environment for the rhinovirus which chooses to leave your body the first chance it gets.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Food Grade) – 1 tsp.
  • Warm Water – 1 glass

What you need to do:

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar and warm water.
  • Drink this concoction every morning and night until the symptoms of the cold dissipate.

Note: If the taste of the concoction gets to you (especially if you have an upset stomach on account of the flu), add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to the mix to even out the taste.

Method II: Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

If you do not prefer drinking apple cider vinegar solution, consider adding it as a dressing to your salads. Here is a really quick recipe for the same.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tbsp.
  • Olive Oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Dijon Mustard – ¼ tsp.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – 2 to 3 drops

What you need to do:

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar and the olive oil.
  • Add the Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar to the mix.
  • Mix nicely until the ingredients have blended nicely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Drizzle a small amount of this dressing atop your salads during meals for instant relief from common cold and its symptoms.

Method III: Apple Cider Vinegar for Nasal/Chest Congestion

Apple cider vinegar comes with multiple health benefits and used in many home remedies. This remedy can clear out nasal/chest congestion as well as a stuffy head instantly.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1/8 cup
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients and pour the resulting solution into a vaporizer.
  • Place the vaporizer in the room overnight for relief from nasal/chest congestion as you sleep.

Alternate Remedy:

What you need:

  • Paper Bag – The size of your chest
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 cup
  • Black Pepper – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Soak the paper bag in the apple cider vinegar.
  • Sprinkle the black pepper powder on one side of the bag and place the same across your chest.
  • Wait for half an hour before removing the paper bag.
  • Repeat once every night to get relief from chest congestion.

Method IV: Apple Cider Vinegar Brew

This brew can help boost your immune system and boost your energy levels while tackling the congestion and inflammation caused by the cold. ACV can also be used to get rid of sore throat naturally at home without any side effects.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Cayenne Pepper – 1 tsp.
  • Lemon – 3 to 4 drops

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water and add the apple cider vinegar to it.
  • Add the cayenne pepper and the honey as well. Stir nicely.
  • Add the lemon juice to the mix and wait for it to cool down a bit.
  • Inhale the fumes emanating from the mix while it cools down.
  • Once it becomes warm enough, drink it. Do this once every morning to get relief from the symptoms of common cold.

Method V: Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

No you won’t be drinking actual apple cider vinegar tea. Rather, it would be a mint tea mixed with apple cider vinegar. Try it out!

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 tbsp.
  • Honey – 3 tbsp.
  • Mint Leaves – A handful
  • Water – 2 cups

What you need to do:

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the mint leaves to it.
  • Let the leaves simmer in the water for about 15 minutes.
  • Add the honey and the apple cider vinegar to the tea and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and drink it while it is still hot. Have a cup of this apple cider vinegar – mint tea twice a day for desirable results.

Method VI: Apple Cider Vinegar with Garlic

Here’s yet another remedy for cold using apple cider vinegar and another powerhouse ingredient, garlic.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 cup
  • Raw Garlic – 8 cloves
  • Honey – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend nicely for a few minutes.
  • Store the resultant mixture in an airtight container and in the refrigerator.
  • Make it a point to shake the container on a frequent basis.
  • In order to get relief from the symptoms of cold, add about 3 teaspoons of the mixture to a glass of water.
  • Stir nicely and drink the concoction on an empty stomach every morning.

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2. Chicken Soup for Cold

Bone broths have their own unique way of fighting off common cold and the virus causing it. In addition to having restorative and therapeutic properties, they help boost the immune system thanks to the abundant levels of minerals like phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and silicon found in them.

Chicken soup in particular, has been lauded by many to be one of the most effective home remedies for common cold. So the next time you have cold, make your own chicken soup using these tried and tested recipes.

Method I: Plain Chicken Soup

What is so effective about chicken soup is that it comes with its share of garlic, onions and vegetables to add more strength to your tired system. Better yet, it comes in a form that is easy to consume and digest, something that is a blessing when you have a stuffed nose and a sore throat.

What you need:

  • Fresh Chicken – 1 (Small sized)
  • Onions – 2
  • Sage – ½ tbsp.
  • Thyme – 1 tsp.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ½ tbsp.
  • Carrots – 3
  • Celery Stalks – 3
  • Garlic – 2 to 5 cloves
  • Ginger – 1 tbsp.
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp.
  • Coriander – ½ cup
  • Salt – For taste

What you need to do:

  • Prepare the stock first. Place the chicken inside a large stock pot.
  • Chop one carrot and celery stick each and add the same to the pot. Add the sage and thyme to the pot along with the chopped onions and vinegars.
  • Cover the ingredients with cold water and allow them to cook in low flame for about 90 minutes.
  • Remove the celery and carrot from the pot. Strain the liquid and keep it aside. This would act as the stock for your soup.
  • Separate the chicken pieces from the bone and shred them into pieces.
  • Start preparing the actual soup by adding chopped carrots and celery to a cooking pot along with some olive oil.
  • Allow the vegetables to soften a bit and add the stock along with the shredded chicken. Cook on low flame for about 10 minutes, allowing the vegetables and the chicken to soften.
  • Add the spices and garlic and simmer for an additional minute. Add the salt before removing the cooking pot from the flame. Add in the coriander and stir.
  • Serve in a bowl and drink the soup while still hot. You will get instant relief for sure.

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Method II: Chicken and Ginger Noodle Soup

Here is another easy to whip up recipe for chicken soup that you can try out when suffering from cold. The effectiveness of the soup also helps reduce the irritation and inflammation caused by the rhinovirus.

What you need:

  • Chicken Breasts – 4
  • Onions – 1
  • Carrots – 1
  • Celery Stalks – 2
  • Lemon Juice – ¾ cup
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Ginger Root – 1 tbsp.
  • Bay Leaves – 3
  • Peppercorns – 7
  • Thyme – 2 tbsp.
  • Chicken Bouillon – 4 cubes
  • White Wine – 2 cups
  • Egg Noodles – 8 ounces
  • Salt – For taste
  • Water – 12 cups

What you need to do:

  • Add some olive oil to a cooking pot.
  • Add the chopped onions, chicken breasts and minced garlic to the pot. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the white wine, lemon juice and water to the mix. Allow it to boil and simmer again for 10 minutes.
  • Add the peeled and grated ginger root along with the bay leaves and the chicken bouillon cubes and allow the mixture to simmer for another 45 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the chopped carrots, celery and thyme to the mix.
  • Reduce the heat and add the noodles to the broth. Cook on low flame until the noodles become soft.
  • Add the salt for taste and remove the soup from the flame. Let it cool down for 5 minutes before eating it.
  • Have this chicken ginger noodle soup twice a day to get rid of the cold within a week.

Method III: Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Your body starts its own fight against the rhinovirus the moment it detects it in your system. This requires a lot of energy and usually leaves your body strained. This is where a bowl of steaming chicken soup comes to your rescue by helping fight off the virus and providing your body with the necessary calories it needs for energy.

What you need:

  • Chicken Breast – 1
  • Tomatoes – 2
  • Zucchini – 1
  • Shallots – 1
  • Baby Spinach – 1 cup
  • Chicken Broth – 2 cups
  • White Wine – ¼ cup
  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Italian Seasoning – ½ tsp.
  • Salt – For Taste

What you need to do:

  • Add the olive oil to a cooking pot placed on low flame.
  • Add the chicken breast (chopped) into the pot and cook until the pieces become brown in color. Remove the chicken and keep it aside in a plate.
  • Chop the vegetables and add them to the pot. Cook on medium flame for 5 minutes until they become soft.
  • Add the chicken broth and white wine, and allow the mixture to boil. Reduce the heat and allow the broth to simmer for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Add in the cooked chicken and cook for 5 minutes before transferring the soup to a bowl.
  • Drink the soup when it comes to a comfortable temperature. Follow this remedy twice a day for relief from cold and its symptoms.

Method IV: Chicken Soup for Toddlers

Chicken soup also contains loads of glucosamine and carnosine that help keep your stomach and digestive tract healthy during this period. This recipe in particular, can also be given to babies to relieve nasal congestion.

What you need:

  • Chicken Pieces – 1 cup
  • Carrot – 1
  • Onion – 1
  • Celery Stalk – 1
  • Leeks – 1
  • Turnip – 1
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Add the chicken and vegetables to a cooking pot. Add water until the vegetables and chicken are submerged. Allow the mix to boil.
  • Add the vinegar to the boiling mix and allow the soup to simmer for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Strain out the vegetables and chicken pieces from the soup.
  • Feed the soup to toddlers when they have a cold. It will provide instant relief from nasal and chest congestion.

3. Garlic for Cold

The powerful antimicrobial properties of garlic make it a potent home remedy for common cold. Garlic is in fact, considered to have expectorant and decongestant effects that can help clear out a blocked nose and throat instantly.

Here are some popular home remedies using garlic as an active ingredient which you can try out at home in case you are bedridden with the flu.

Method I: Plain Garlic

Garlic is a very powerful antioxidant and does a great job at removing the rhinovirus from your system completely. If you find it literally hard to even get out of your bed due to the cold, try this remedy out.

What you need:

  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves

What you need to do:

  • Peel the cloves of garlic. Stash them between the teeth on the sides of your mouth and crush them gently.
  • Chew on the cloves for about a minute or so, swallowing their juice slowly while doing so.
  • Do this thrice every day for desirable results.

Method II: Garlic and Orange Juice

It has been found out that when consumed, garlic releases an antibacterial agent called allicin which can provide immense relief from the symptoms of cold while preventing the onset of flu itself.

What you need:

  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves
  • Orange Juice – 1 glass

What you need to do:

  • Peel the garlic cloves, chop them into tiny pieces and set aside for a minute in order to activate the enzymes in them.
  • Swallow the garlic with the help of the orange juice. Follow this remedy once every morning and night for relief.

Method III: Garlic and Honey Toast

If you still prefer to have your garlic in a more appetizing manner, consider this remedy which also combines the healthiness of honey to create a miracle cure for common cold.

What you need:

  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves
  • Honey – 2 to 3 tbsp.
  • Bread – 2 to 3 slices

What you need to do:

  • Peel the garlic cloves and mince them nicely.
  • Place the bread slices on a flat pan over low flame and toast both sides until they turn light brown in color.
  • Spread the honey over the toasted bread slices. Sprinkle the minced garlic cloves on them and eat away.
  • Do this every morning to keep the symptoms of cold at bay while you recover from the viral infection.

Method IV: Garlic Tea

Ever tried garlic tea? You will be surprised at how amazing it is when it comes to providing relief from the nasal congestion, headache and fatigue caused by common cold.

What you need:

  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 1/3 cup
  • Water – 1 1/2 cups

What you need to do:

  • Peel the garlic and ginger root. Mince them.
  • Boil the water and add the minced garlic and ginger root (1 tsp.) to it.
  • Allow the ingredients to simmer in the water for about 5 minutes.
  • Let the ingredients steep in the water for another 10 minutes.
  • At this juncture, add the honey and lemon juice to the mix. Stir nicely.
  • Strain the tea and drink it every morning and evening for quick results.

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Method V: Garlic Soup

If you don’t prefer the tea, consider downing a bowl of garlic soup every day until the symptoms of the cold reduce. This can be an equally effective solution if you happen to have severe throat pain.

What you need:

  • Garlic – 1 head
  • Chicken (or) Vegetable Broth – 8 cups
  • Bay Leaves – 1
  • Olive Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Thyme – 1 tsp.
  • Sage – A pinch
  • Salt – For Taste

What you need:

  • Add the chicken/vegetable broth to a cooking pot and bring to a boil.
  • Peel the garlic cloves and mince them. Add them to the broth. Add in the bay leaf, sage and thyme and boil the mix for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the flame and add the salt to the mix. Stir nicely and strain.
  • Drink this homemade garlic soup at least twice every day to get relief from cold and its symptoms.

4. Ginger for Cold

Got some fresh ginger root in your home? Then you need not worry about finding another home remedy for your cold. Ginger is an active antimicrobial agent and does a swell job of flushing out the rhinovirus and all of its associated symptoms from your body. Check out these really easy and simple to make home remedies for cold using ginger.

Method I: Garlic and Lemon

The antimicrobial properties of ginger come together with the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon to create a cold remedy that it quite effective in curbing sore throat, cough, and congestion caused by the viral infection. Ginger contains healing properties that also helps to cure Asthma Naturally as well.

What you need:

  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Lemon Juice – ½ cup
  • Honey – 2 tbsp.
  • Water – 2 cups

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water and add the lemon juice and honey to it.
  • Peel and chop the ginger root. Add the chopped pieces to the water and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and drink the concoction every morning and night for relief from nasal/chest congestion.

Method II: Ginger with Garlic

Combine the goodness of garlic and ginger to create this miracle cure for common cold which guarantees immediate relief from the symptoms of the condition.

What you need:

  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves
  • Lemon Juice – ½ cup
  • Water – 2 cups

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water and add the lemon juice to it.
  • Peel the ginger as well as the garlic cloves.
  • Chop both ingredients and add them to the boiling water. Remove the water from the flame and allow the ingredients to steep in the water for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture and drink when warm. Repeat every morning and night for desirable results.

Method III: Ginger with Cinnamon

If you don’t prefer the taste of ginger and garlic, consider combining ginger with cinnamon instead. Cinnamon contains antiseptic properties that aid in soothing a sore throat and stimulating perspiration in order to allow your body to sweat out the viral infection.

What you need:

  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon Powder – ½ tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water and add the peeled, chopped ginger pieces to it.
  • Simmer on low flame for 5 minutes before adding the cinnamon powder and stirring nicely.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes and strain the mixture.
  • Drink this concoction every morning to get relief from cough and chest congestion.

Method IV: Ginger with Cayenne

Cayenne can act as an effective decongestant. It can thin out the mucus in your nose and throat while also soothing your throat from the pain and soreness caused by common cold. Add cayenne with ginger in this simple cold remedy for quick and effective results.

What you need:

  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Cayenne – A pinch
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water. Add the peeled, chopped ginger to it and steep for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cayenne to the mix and stir nicely before straining.
  • Drink this mix twice every day for effective results.

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Method V: Ginger Tea

And then we have the quintessential ginger tea, your savior in case you don’t find the other ginger remedies very appetizing. Here is a fuss-free, quick recipe for brewing ginger tea at home.

What you need:

  • Ginger Root – 1
  • Ginger Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Honey – 2 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Bring the water to a boil and add the peeled, chopped ginger to it.
  • Add the ginger powder to the boiling mix and stir nicely.
  • Reduce the flame and allow the mix to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and add the honey for taste.
  • Drink when warm or hot to get relief from cold and its remedies.

5. Honey for Cold

Honey is known to work wonders on the body both inside and out. While it nourishes the skin and hair on the outside, it works well to boost your immune system on the inside.

Not only this; honey has been found out to be extremely effective in curing cold related symptoms as well as upper respiratory ailments in individuals. Find out how you can use honey as an active home remedy to treat cold and flu.

Method I: Honey and Lemon Tea

Nothing is as soothing as drinking a cup of hot lemon and honey tea. This tea has soothing properties that can soothe an irritate nose and throat. It also promotes good sleep, allowing you to relax peacefully as the lemon and honey combine forces to extract the rhinovirus from your system.

What you need:

  • Honey – 2 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Heat the water and add the honey and lemon juice to it. Stir nicely.
  • Drink this mix on an empty stomach every morning to chase away the flu and prevent recurrences.

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Method II: Honey and Hot Water

This remedy is in fact a solution that can be used as a gargle. Gargling your throat with this solution can help clear out nasal and chest congestion easily.

What you need:

  • Honey – 3 tbsp.
  • Cinnamon Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Heat the water. Add the honey and cinnamon powder to it. Stir nicely.
  • Gargle your throat with this solution multiple times a day to get relief from sore throat and congestion.

Method III: Honey and Cinnamon

Get a better night sleep with this natural cough suppressant which utilizes the antimicrobial properties of honey to fight off the infection and the soothing properties of cinnamon to provide relief to your throat and nose as you take rest.

What you need:

  • Honey – 2 tsp.
  • Cinnamon Bark – 3 tsp.
  • Water – 1 cup

What you need to do:

  • Boil the water and remove it from the flame.
  • Steep the cinnamon bark in the hot water for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the bark from the solution. Add the honey to the mix and stir nicely.
  • Drink this concoction before sleeping at night.

Method IV: Honey and Onions

Although a smelly remedy, this particular cold remedy makes good use of honey and onions to create a foolproof home cure for cold that will have the rhinovirus exiting your system within just a few days.

What you need:

  • Honey – 2 tbsp.
  • Sugar – 1 tsp.
  • Onions – 1

What you need to do:

  • Peel the onion and cut it into slices.
  • Apply a generous amount of honey on both sides of the onion slices.
  • Sprinkle some sugar on the slices and leave overnight.
  • Eat 2 to 3 honey coated onion slices the next morning and at frequent intervals throughout the day for quick relief from cold and its symptoms.

Method V: Honey and Ginger

When combined with ginger, honey creates a great cold remedy that fights off the flu causing virus while soothing your body and allowing it to recover quickly from the infection.

What you need:

  • Honey – 1 cup
  • Ginger Root – 2 pieces
  • Lemons – 2

What you need to do:

  • Peel and grate the ginger. Slice the lemons.
  • Place alternating layers of ginger and lemon pieces inside a mason jar.
  • Pour the honey over the ginger and lemon. Fill the jar completely with the honey, adding more honey if required for the same purpose.
  • Close the jar tightly and refrigerate.
  • As a cold remedy, scoop 3 tablespoons of this mix and add the same to a glass of hot water as and when needed. In the case of cold, drink this mixture twice a day for desirable results.

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General guidelines for individuals suffering from common cold

The effectiveness of a remedy, be it natural or artificial, is complete only if you complement it with certain guidelines that help your body fight off the infection faster. Here are some guidelines that can help you get relief from common cold as well as its symptoms.

Drink lots of fluid: The more fluids you drink, the easier it will be for your body to flush out the rhinovirus. You can intake fluids in the form of warm water, juice, broth or soup. Stay away from alcohol and coffee which can dehydrate you instead.

Take proper diet: A common cold can mess up your digestive system as well. So stay away from unhealthy junk foods during this period. It also pays to stay away from dairy products which can contribute to an increase in mucus production.

Shower in warm water: This step can relax your muscles and provide from body ache during a common cold infection. Ensure that the water is warm enough to provide relief to your body.

Take rest: Sometimes the only thing you can do to chase away a viral infection is to take rest. Take time off from school or office and rest at home until the symptoms of the cold reduce to negligible levels. By doing so, you will not only recover faster, but will also reduce the risks of infecting others at school or office.

Gargle with salt water: If you have an itchy, sore throat as a result of the cold, consider gargling with salt water. Mix ½ teaspoon of powdered salt in warm-hot water and gargle your throat with the solution to get relief.

Try saline nasal drops: Nasal congestion is one of the most common symptoms of common cold. Try OTC nasal drops to relieve the congestion in your home. You can also use saline nasal drops prepared at home to provide relief from a congested nose as you sleep peacefully.

Adjust the room temperature/humidity: You need to rest in a warm room during the period of recovery from common cold. However, do not overheat the room. And ensure that the air is moist and not dry in order to ease coughing and nasal congestion. Use a humidifier for the same purpose, ensuring you clean the humidifier at regular intervals to prevent the growth of mold or bacteria.

Wash your hands and use tissues: Wash your hands regularly when suffering from common cold. Use soap or a mild hand wash for the same. You can also choose to use a hand sanitizer (alcohol based) to clean your hands regularly in order to avoid infecting others.

Carry a handful of tissues wherever you go and sneeze/cough into one. Throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Disinfect your belongings: Wash your belongings with a disinfectant at regular intervals in order to avoid infecting others. Clean any surfaces you come in contact with using disinfectant as well.

Avoid sharing stuff: When suffering from cold, it is imperative that you avoid sharing your belongings with them. This includes towels, pillows, plates, drinking glasses and other utensils, etc. If possible, try using disposable cups and plates until the symptoms wean off.

Visit the doctor: If the symptoms of cold persist or worsen after a few days, consider visiting the doctor for further course of action. If you are unable to breathe or notice a wheezing sound while breathing, visit the doctor right away.

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