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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?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Natural 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 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.

In brief: Natural 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 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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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Viral syndrome

Warm fluids, rest, warm saline inhalation and chicken broth or soap.

In brief: Viral syndrome

Warm fluids, rest, warm saline inhalation and chicken broth or soap.
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Agree with Dr. Anyanwu but I think she meant soup.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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