How Do You Cure a Cold?


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According to the Mayo Clinic, treatments for a cold include drinking fluids such as fruit juices and lemon water; eating chicken soup to reduce inflammation and bolster mucus movement; and taking over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers. The fluids help to increase hydration, as well as relieve congestion and sore throat pain. The decongestants work to reduce swellings in nasal passageways and ease breathing.

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There is no cure for the common cold but drinking warm fluids such as chicken soup and warm lemon water with honey drops helps to relieves cold symptoms by clearing nasal cavities and speeding the movement of mucus. This reduces the contact of viruses with nasal membranes. The NHS notes that decongestants and other over-the-counter medications are safe, but also cautions against excessive use, as long-term use can make symptoms worse rather than better.

The Mayo Clinic also warns against the use of over-the-counter remedies to treat the common cold in young children. A physician’s guidance should be sought before taking these medications to treat a cold, as they could react with other prescriptions if they are taken simultaneously.

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