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Remedies for The Common Cold

Posted by USFHP on Apr 19, 2022 12:39:47 PM


Some of us will inevitably experience a common cold or the flu. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, here are some at-home remedies:

Keep Hydrated: As our body temperature rises, we lose more water through our lungs and skin. Thus, all body functions become less efficient and can lead to dehydration. As a result of dehydration, people are more likely to experience fever, headache, weakness, and muscle or joint aches. By staying hydrated, your body can quickly recover. You should avoid alcohol, coffee, and caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration as well. 

Eat Healthy Food: Try to eat nutritious food such as vegetables, fruits, and soup instead of sugar/sweets and fried food while sick. Your body will need a vast number of immune cells to fight the cold, which requires a great deal of energy from your body. Therefore, it is important to consume lots of liquids and proper nutritious food.

Keep Warm and Rest: Staying warm and resting also helps you strengthen energy toward the immune battle, and it is just as important as staying hydrated and eating healthy foods.

Sore Throat Relief: Gargling with saltwater at a ratio of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to 4 to 8 ounces can temporarily relieve sore throats. Stay away from surgery drinks, cleaning product fumes, and smoke to prevent throat irritation.

Reduce Stuffiness: Saline nasal sprays and drops available over the counter can help relieve stuffiness and congestion. Simply adding another pillow under your head will also help reduce congested nasal passages during your sleep.

Moisture: A cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier can add moisture into the air, which can help loosen congestion. Or take steamy showers to moisturize your nasal passages for temporary relief.

Over The Counter (OTC) Medications: OTC decongestants, antihistamines, and pain relievers (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin IB, or aspirin) might offer some symptom relief for adults and children age five and older. Please contact your doctor if the pain persists or the condition worsens.

Please consult your doctor before trying the remedies!

USFHP’s TRICARE Prime plan offers benefits that support healthy living management. We’ve developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals. With our free enhanced benefits, members can choose to receive up to $250 a year in gym reimbursement.

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Topics: Water, Health, flu, cold