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A 27-year-old female asked:

Caught a cold-chest congestion, cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat.can't take otc meds,i take too many prescription meds.home remedies plz?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Cold home remedies: 1.) Lots of fluids. 2) Use a humidifier or inhale steam/steamy shower (careful) 3) Saline nasal sprays or homemade salt nasal rinses. 4) Rest as much as possible 5)Salt water gargles 6)Hot drinks, tea, tea with honey or even whiskey 7) Extra pillow to elevate head 8) Small dabs of mentholated rub under nose 9) Zinc and Vit. C. This is all I ever do for colds. OTC meds don't work plus side effects
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Viral syndrome: Warm fluids, rest, warm saline inhalation and chicken broth or soap.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Agree with Dr. Anyanwu but I think she meant soup.
Aug 31, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Natural remedies: 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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