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Feeling Sick? 7 Home Remedies To Shut Down That Cold

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Flu Season is among us. Try these simple remedies to stay feeling good…

7. Extra Pillow At Night- This will help with the drainage of nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope.

6. Hot and Cold Packs- Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave, test the temperature first to make sure it’s not too hot. Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack. This helps with sinus pressure!

5. Steamy Shower-  Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

4. Liquids, Liquids, Liquids- Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

3. Gargle- Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt dissolved in warm water, four times daily. To reduce the tickle in your throat, try an astringent gargle, such as tea that contains tannin,  to tighten the membranes.

2. Rest- Resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by lying down under a blanket.

1. Blow Your Nose Regularly- It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can cause an earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

I know these may sound like common sense but sometimes we must be reminded how to take care of ourselves in this busy world! And ALWAYS wash your hands! It’s flu season!

 

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