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Common cold remedies, Mayo Clinic approved

Which alternative remedies can help cure the common cold? The authors of the newly published Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies (Time, 2010) aren’t going to answer that question. But they do give their stamp of approval to these tips, which can help snifflers feel more comfortable.

Which alternative methods can help cure the common cold? The authors of the newly published Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies (Time, 2010) aren’t going to answer that question. But they do give their stamp of approval to these tips, which can help snifflers feel more comfortable.

Drink lots of fluids

Try chicken soup

Get some rest

Adjust the room’s humidity

Soothe your throat

Use saline nasal drops

Try andrographis

Try echinacea

Get your vitamin C

Consider zinc

They also offer these rather scary cautions about common over-the-counter (OTC) cold remedies, especially for kids.

Overuse of NSAIDs can cause side effects.

Use caution with acetominophen infant drops, which are much more concentrated than children’s syrup.

Don’t use decongestant nasal sprays more than 3 days (to avoid chronic inflammation of mucous membranes). Plus, they don’t work for kids.

Don’t use cough syrups because they don’t effectively treat the underlying cause of coughs due to colds, says the American College of Chest Physicians.

Don’t use OTC cough syrups or cold medicines for anyone younger than 14, they add.

More on common cold remedies:
Nutrition Q&A with Dan Lukaczer, N.D.
Natural alternatives to OTC standbys
Calm coughs naturally

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