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Summer Cold and Flu

What Are the Symptoms of a Summer Cold or Flu?

The symptoms are very similar for a winter cold or flu. You may present with a stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, sneezing and/or chest congestion. With the flu, there is also the addition of a possible fever, fatigue and a general malaise that can go on for days.

Before you reach for medicine, try using natural remedies first. For one thing, viruses have no cure. What you are treating are the symptoms and not the disease itself. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses and overuse of them can lower their efficacy.

Treatments

A cold and the flu will resolve itself in several days or a week or two. Treatment options can reduce the severity of the symptoms and the duration of the condition. Boosting the immunity can help also, and helps prevent future colds and flu symptoms.

* Neti pot – Nasal congestion can lead to sore throat and sleepless nights. Using the warm water can wash out bacteria from the nasal passages and help shrink swollen membranes.

* Humidifier – Dry air can make a dry and itchy nose worse. Adding moisture to the air can reduce your cold symptoms. Try a cool mist humidifier.

* Herbal remedies – There are over-the-counter remedies like Zicam and Airborne that contain zinc, Echinacea and vitamin C to help boost your immunity. Take them when you are exposed to cold viruses at work or at home to help you to avoid contracting a cold. Some are used at the first sign of a cold to reduce the duration.

* Wash your hands often – The first line of defense against disease is hand washing. It can reduce germs on your hands that can be transmitted to mucus membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.

* Rest – Most of us continue to work at present levels when we get sick. Rest like sleep gives the body a chance to recharge and repair itself. Allow yourself a couple more hours to sleep and take breaks during your day to avoid overexertion which can make your symptoms feel worse.

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