Tips & Remedies for Colds
Raise the humidity level by sitting in the bathroom with a warm shower running or using a humidifier/vaporizer (cool mist preferred). Empty and clean daily to reduce the growth of molds.
Drink lots: all fluids are good; warm fluids seem to provide the most relief. Try hot tea and hot water with lemon .
Gargle with salt water; homemade salt water (1/4 tsp salt dissolved in 8 oz of warm water, or a store version, will help relieve a sore throat.
Ear infections--There are several types of ear infections. Antibiotics are used for most, but not all, ear infections.
Suck on hard candy. Hard candies are as effective as cough drops.
Try saline nose drops or sprays.
Remain up and about. Extra rest may help, but you'll generally feel better by staying moderately active. Read, do puzzles, play board games. Boredom makes you feel worse!
Some Over the counter medications may provide temporary relief, but beware of potential side effects. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid disease, check with your physician regarding decongestant use.
Use Vicks Vapo-Rub; even if it doesn't really Do anything, doesn't it just smell like it should be helping?