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Season of the common cold

As the icy grip of the winter gains hold on the city, many people fall prey to the discomforts it brings, one of the major ones being the common cold. The common cold can affect people of all ages and sizes. While adults can catch anything from 1 to 4 colds in the winter, youngsters are likely to catch twice as much.

Interestingly, though the winter is a rather popular season with the cold, it is the virus and not the low temperatures that cause the disease. There’s no cure for the common cold as yet, the only option is to wait it out. However this doesn’t mean that you have to suffer as long as it lasts.

You might want to heed to grandma’s suggestion of hot soup of goats feet. Chicken soup works just as well. In fact taking in any kind of fluids should help improve the condition. Even drinking plenty of liquids, such as water, juice helps loosen mucus that can cause congestion and prevent dehydration. Warm liquids can help ease a sore throat.

Congestion and coughing can be eased by leaning over a bowl or sink of hot water with a towel over your head, or breathing in steamy air created by a bathroom shower. You can also use decongestants to help ease stuffiness. They work by shrinking down the swollen tissue inside the noses. But decongestant sprays or drops can worsen congestion if used more than two or three days.

You can also visit a doctor or take some pain relievers, but in the end it’s just about waiting it out. Dress appropriately, drink plenty of fluids and hang on in there for a week or so as that is how long most colds last.

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