Tips for treating a  cold

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Drink plenty of fluids

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, juice, tea, or clear broth.

Choose warm liquids

Tea, warm lemon water, and soup may help relieve congestion.

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Get plenty of sleep and try to relax.

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Gargle salt water

Gargle with 8 ounces of warm water diluted with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt if you have a sore throat.

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By increasing the moisture in the air, a humidifier may assist in reducing congestion.

Use a humidifier

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Coughing, congestion, a sore throat, and headaches may be relieved by over-the-counter medicines.

Take an over-the-counter (OTC) cold medication

Ask your doctor for advice, and make sure to follow any instructions.