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Rachel Hance Logan County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences

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It is not fun to have a cold. Colds are most common in the winter when the air is dry. Most of the time, when you have a cold, you have to wait for the virus to pass. There is no cure for the cold. There are however, a few things that help your body handle the cold virus.

A typical cold lasts anywhere from one to two weeks. During that time, a person should drink lots of fluids, mostly water. Fruit juices can also be a good choice, as well as clear broth and lemon water. A person should not drink alcoholic beverages or caffeine drinks such as sodas and coffee. Alcohol, sodas and coffee can cause dehydration. If you have a cold, you may want to consider buying some saline drops or spray. This simple salt water solution can help fight the stuffiness and congestion that often occurs when a person has a cold. Cold and cough medicines bought over-the-counter will not speed up the time it takes your body to get rid of the cold virus. However, it may offer a little relief from the symptoms. Be aware that many medicines have side effects.

Although it may take awhile to feel back to your normal self, the most important thing that you can do when you have a cold is take care of yourself. Remember to wash your hands frequently, especially after you have coughed or sneezed. Make sure to get enough rest and plenty to drink.

Reference: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012). Cold remedies: What works, what doesn’t, what can’t hurt. Accessed from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cold-remedies/ID00036/NSECTIONGROUP=2

Source: Nicole Peritore, Extension Physical Activity Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

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