Home Remedies and Prevention for Cold, Flu and Allergy

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flu cold and allergyI am posting just an extract from Cold, Flu, and Allergy Guide which is related to home remedies for cold, flu and allergy:

Get Extra Bed Rest

Pluses: You'll recuperate faster and protect others from your germs.

Minuses:
Your schedule will have to change and you may miss a day or two of work.

Drink Extra Water

Uses: Keeps mucus membranes moist and can help control cough. Juices are OK, too, but skip drinks with caffeine.

Pluses: Cheap and easy.

Minuses: You'll spend more time in the bathroom.

Wash Hands Often

Pluses: One of easiest and most effective ways to avoid catching a cold.

Minuses: Dry hands in winter. Use hand lotion to compensate.

Cool Compresses

Uses: Can help reduce a fever or increase comfort.

Pluses: Provides fast relief.

Minuses: None

Warm Salt-Water Gargle

Uses: Soothes a sore throat.

Pluses: It's a natural treatment that's inexpensive. Provides instant relief.

Minuses: Let's just say they wouldn't make a candy bar that tastes like this.

Throat Lozenges

Pluses: Soothing action provides temporary relief of throat pain and they may reduce your impulse to cough. They're also cheap and can be used almost anywhere.

Minuses: You may not like the taste or even smell they can give off.

Steam Inhalation

Uses: A vaporizer or humidifier increases the moisture in the air to sooth dry, irritated nasal passages.

Pluses: Can increase your comfort by soothing a dry nose or throat.

Minuses: You'll need to invest in a humidifer. They're available at most discount and drug stores.

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