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Can you tell me some ways to help alleviate the common cold without medicine?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine 21 years experience
A few methods: here are some common remedies by symptom. I am not a fan of vitamins or herbal remedies in general, and would not recommend vitamin c, zinc, Airborne, or echinacea sore throat: honey- about 1 teaspoon, either in tea or plain. salt water gargles 1 tsp salt in 8 oz water nausea:candied ginger stuffy nose: saline irrigation (ie Neil med bottle) cough- honey sleep and chicken soup are good for all!
Dr. Lynn Wung
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Saline: Saline nasal mist used 3-4 times daily when congested can help tremendously. Also, a bedside humidifier or vaporizer for a few nights will help; an alternative would be to take a long hot shower or bath. Vaporub products and honey can help with cough.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Home remedy: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea.

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