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Best Hot Toddy For A Cold
Warm teas: Boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain and to accelerate healing. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. ...Read more
Not bad: A shower will not help cure your infection, but if it makes you feel better, by all means shower. It will not make you any worse. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: The cold medicines that used to be on the shelves for infants and toddlers have been taken away. Best treatment is patience for the illness to run it's course, simple feeding (not much rich or spicy food) and Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen (tylenol) for fever, sore throat and general achiness. Keep clear liquids going for hydration. Cold things like popsicles can help the sore throat. ...Read more
Whatever works: The best way is to try it. Do note that at your age, mouth-breathing may be the cause often from nasal congestion. If this is the case, then eliminating the nasal congestion would be the best solution. ...Read more
No difference: Whatever is most comfortable.Get a more detailed answer ›
Some options: Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. Try adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. ...Read more
It Depends: It depends on why you are taking a shower. To clean the skin, soap and water, regardless of temperature. If your muscles are sore and tight, you're getting ready for activities, or your joints/back aches in the morning, then a hot shower may help relax and relieve the pain and tension. If you are sore after a workout, feeling hot, or you're feeling itchy, then a cool shower may feel better. ...Read more
I've sore throat and cold. Is it a good idea to drink cold drinks? Specialty iced ones? Also, having dairy products will be good for throat and cold?
It'll fine...: If it makes you throat feel better go for it. don't worry about it. It is all about symptom and time management. ...Read more
After a session in the sauna, is it better for your skin to cleanse with cold water, ice or cold air?
Cold water: After a sauna session, you want to cleanse your skin of any chemical in the water. This is best done with water. The exact temperature of the water is not important. To keep moisture in your skin, it it best to use a good lotion after going in a sauna. ...Read more
Ginger juice: Better of two choices, though honestly not familiar with is use for sore thoat but is safe, avoid alcohol for any medical problem, it is not a medication. Try honey, warm herbal tea, hot shower, cough drops, salt water gargle, hot chicken soup, honestly home remedies, besides alcohol, are best choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Your doctor can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer