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Charmion BS: Your best Cold Remedy (54* d) RE: BS: Your best Cold Remedy 13 Mar 19

Push fluids. Rest. Stay away from other people as much as possible. Take what my dear old sergeant called "Tincture of Time".

Not kidding.

Yer typical cold is a virus, so drugs are effective only to relieve some of the symptoms, if you're lucky. If the antihistamines aren't helping, try inhaling mentholated steam (what we did before antihistamines were invented). Also gargling with salt water, and snuffling salt water (warm, don't be a hero) up your nose.

Most of all, stay home and rest. Read, watch TV, maybe try a little light dusting -- but nothing more energetic than that!

And drink lots of warm liquid. Tea. Soup. Water hot from the tap. Doesn't really matter what it is, but avoid caffeine, which agitates and has a dehydrating effect. Fluid helps your cough, keeps your mucosa moist, and generally makes you feel better -- and does no harm.

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