The common cold is seemingly inevitable throughout the winter. What’s one to do when the sniffles hit? Dr. Francisco Andrade, professor and interim chair of physiology at the University of Kentucky, suggests a few aids:
- Treat Symptoms — Take Tylenol for fever or pain.
- Hydrate — Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- Try a Cup of Chicken Soup — While researchers aren’t exactly sure why, chicken broth contains something to help you feel better quicker.
- Supplement with Zinc —“This is controversial,” Andrade says, “but some research shows that it helps, and it’s definitely not going to hurt.” You can find zinc in the cold remedy section at the drug or grocery store. It comes in tablets or lozenges. Follow the instructions on the package.
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