If you’ve had a cold, you know how inconvenient and exhausting it can be. While there is no cure for a cold, there are several steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting sick or to ease your symptoms.

“The best ways to prevent yourself from getting a cold is to consistently practice good hygiene,” says Meredith Beeler, DO, a family medicine physician with Adventist HealthCare Adventist Medical Group. “Washing your hands prevents the spread of cold germs and lowers your risk of getting sick.”

Here are some other ways to prevent catching a cold:

  • Avoid touching your face with unclean hands
  • Stay away from other people who are sick
  • Eat a healthy diet to support a strong immune system
  • Stay hydrated

If you do get sick, there are steps you can take to ease your symptoms. Dr. Beeler says getting a lot of rest and drinking fluids are the best ways to feel better faster.

Here are some other helpful home remedies you can try to relieve uncomfortable cold symptoms:

  • Applying a warm compress
  • Gargling salt water
  • Eating or drinking small amounts of honey
  • Using a saline nasal spray
  • Using over-the-counter drugs
  • Using a humidifier

Dr. Beeler also says to see your doctor if your symptoms last for more than 10 days.

3 Quick Home Remedies Facts

  •  Drinking hot liquids can help break up mucus and relieve congestion
  • Honey has special properties that can help reduce coughing and soothe a sore throat
  • Warm compresses can ease pressure and inflammation in your sinuses

Sources: The CDC, Mayo Clinic. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.

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