Head cold. Treat the symptoms: tylenol/nsaid (if tolerated) for fever, headache, aches; decongestant for sinus pressure/middle ear fluid; antihistamine for sneezing/runny nose; salt water nasal spray & gargle for sore throat; fluids to avoid dehydration if feverish; chicken soup/bouillion for sore throat & congestion; zinc lozenges; vitamin c & d; ecchinacea (if you're into herbal alternatives).
Common Cold. 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.