Colds and flu don’t have a cure, but there are things you can do to get over them more quickly. Here are 10 of them (via Prevention.com):
- Determine which virus you have. While cold symptoms are mostly respiratory, flu can be accompanied by fever, aches, chills and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, your doctor can write a prescription for an antiviral medication like Tamiflu, which can shave days off of your illness if you take it within the first 48 hours of symptoms.
- Rest and hydrate. Drinking water will thin the mucus secretions in your lungs, and rest helps your body fight off illness more effectively.
- Drink hot tea. All kinds of tea contain theophylline, which dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, reducing resistance in your airways. For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of honey. Honey soothes scratchy throats, and its antioxidants help fight off infections.Continue Reading …