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what are considered the most effective cold remedies?

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Dr. Julia Stanford
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: There is no cure for the common cold. However, some things can ease the symptoms while time is ultimately the healer. I recommend for my patients, tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, sudafed if there is no contraindication, nasal saline spray or sinus rinses, and drinking plenty of fluids. Soups can help!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold remedies: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.

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