Beat the cold: home remedies for a stuffy nose and sore throat

Breanna Cataldo, Feature Editor
November 20, 2019

The winter season is upon us, and we all know what that means: the common cold.

As university students, medical bills can be expensive, and we also don't always have time for a one-hour medical visit. Colds can take a few weeks and nobody wants to feel miserable for so long.

Fortunately, there are some home remedies that can help, prevent and address the symptoms of these annoying diseases.

Stay hydrated (obviously): Everyone should drink water, but sometimes they just don't feel well with a sore throat. Anyway, it is important to try to stay hydrated. If you feel itchy throat, try a glass of warm water or a tea with lemon. It is also known that chicken or vegetable broth helps relieve congestion symptoms.

Gargle with salt water and a spoon full of honey: If you have or feel a cough that comes, this is for you. Heat a glass of water, mix a little salt and gargle for two minutes or so. You can also repeat this throughout the day. To calm the dry throat that is causing the cough, take a spoon full of honey by the ax. You will feel the calming effects almost immediately.

Sleep: Your body always needs sleep to stay healthy, even if you are not sick. In fact, lack of sleep can actually weaken your immune system. Make sure you get enough sleep, especially if you have a cold. Being tired will only make you feel worse.

Hot showers: Something that many people take for granted. A good steam shower will not only relax you, but also help you clean your sinuses. Light a candle and let the relaxation begin.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Coffee can wake you up, but it will also dehydrate you. If you are looking for something hot in the throat, try some hot chocolate or tea. Alcohol will also dehydrate you. You may feel good right now, but you won't feel so good the next day. If you are fighting a cold, try staying for the weekend.

Over the counter medicine: If some of these remedies do not do it for you, go to your local CVS or Walgreens. They have affordable medications that can also help relieve cold symptoms.

Diffusers: Adding some moisture to the air can be very useful when it comes to dry throat and runny nose. A humidifier or diffuser can help cool the air you breathe. Add some lavender or eucalyptus oils to your diffuser and call it night.

If your symptoms start to get worse and you begin to feel like more than a common cold, be sure to consult a doctor.

For more tips and tricks on some home remedies, click here.

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