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The Best Remedies for a Cold

Whether you’re snuggled up in bed or burning the midnight oil on a high-priority work project, getting sick with a cold is never a fun experience. However, there are a few at-home cold remedies that can help alleviate your symptoms and get you back on your feet in no time.

Chicken Soup

Relieve upper respiratory symptoms with a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. This well-known home remedy not only helps clear nasal congestion, it also keeps you hydrated. Chicken soup also possesses mild anti-inflammatory properties.


This sticky and sweet substance contains various antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Honey is also an effective cough suppressant. Add it to your tea or eat a spoonful periodically to relieve a sore throat.

Vitamin C

Limes, grapefruit, leafy greens and lemons all contain this essential vitamin that your immune system needs. Help alleviate your cold symptoms, including congestion, by mixing fresh lemon juice into your water or consuming fruits high in vitamin C.

Over-the-Counter Medicine

When you have a cold, turn to OTC cold medicines to soothe your symptoms. Anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, can help combat inflammation and reduce fevers, headaches and muscle aches. If you have a stuffy nose, look for decongestants, expectorants or nasal sprays. You may also want to pick up a cough suppressant to relieve an irritated throat. Unsure of which cold medications are right for you? Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider.

When to See a Doctor

If you’re still sick after a few weeks or your sickness is coupled with difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, faintness or other severe symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away. At the Carthage Family Health Center, our primary care professionals can diagnose and treat your illness to put you on the road to recovery. Call us today at 315-493-4187 to schedule your sick visit.