Coughs, Colds, Sore Throats, & the Flu – Home Remedy Tips

It’s that time of year again.  In preparation, I took my vitamins, tried to eat healthy, exercised regularly, bundled up in the cold, tried to stay away from other sick people.  However, I in no way managed to better control my stress levels…. and I got sick… right before finals.  A bad case of the flu plus a stomach virus.

Georgia Tech has a great Health Center and Doctor and Nursing staff.  The nurse that saw me seemed very knowledgeable and really seemed to care, even though she had  probably been seeing my same case numerous times this winter (GA has been crazy this year… jumping from 80 degrees one day and back down to 40 degrees only to do it again the next couple of days… people are getting sick left and right).

Anyhoo, here are some home remedies for coughs and colds courtesy of the Georgia Tech Health Center.

1.  For sour throats — gargle warm salt water 3-4 times a day for 4-5 days

2.  For drainage dow the back of your throat not reached by gargling – snort warm salt water (caution:  only do this in small amounts … and may cause a feeling of drowning at first)

3.  For congestion –Take Sudafed 2-3 times a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Do not take within 4 hours of bedtime.

4.  For runny nose, sneezing, and drainage dow he back of the throat – take Claritin one daily.

5.  For congested nose and ears – use Afrin  1-2 times a day.  Do not take for longer than 4 days.  This can also be used as your nighttime decongestant.

6.  For mild cough use Hall’s cough Lozenges.

7.  Take Tylenol or Advil for sore troats, body aches, etc.  Do not take just for temperature unless your temperature is 101 or more.

8.  Get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids … also soup.

Stay safe this winter and I hope you don’t get sick everyone!

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~ by Candis on December 7, 2010.

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