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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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Covering Up Cold and Flu Symptoms: Beauty Tips

If you've got to look great despite your cold and flu symptoms, these beauty secrets will save the day.

Cold and Flu Symptoms: The Eyes Have It!

While your eyes may be the windows to your soul, they can also be a dead giveaway that you've got a cold. Puffy, watery, red eyes are often the result of a cold, and they can look even worse if you've also been up all night with a hacking cough.

The solution: Take a teabag nap!

"If you lay down for 15 minutes and place cold teabags over your eyes, you'll see an immediate difference in the puffiness," says Maron. Another bonus: He says the tea also reduces redness and irritation around the eyes that often occurs when you have a cold.

If your eyes are more bloodshot then they are puffy, Los Angeles stylist Allison Dickerson says eye drops can do wonders for making you look instantly healthier.

"Nothing says 'I'm sick' like bloodshot eyes, so before you walk out the door, remove any redness with drops that will also lubricate and cool your eyes,” explains Dickerson, founder of The

Her choice is ROHTO V eye drops because "they have a cooling kick that also makes eyes look and feel refreshed." Other brands include Visine, Murine, Clear Eyes, and Allergan. Some people shouldn't use certain eye drops, so make sure to look at the package labeling or consult with your doctor before you use them.

Cold and Flu Symptoms: Cold Sores and Chapped Lips

One of the most frustrating side effects of colds and flu is dry, cracked, irritated lips -- not to mention cold sores. All can occur if you’ve got even a low-grade fever, or in the case of chapped, cracked lips, from mouth breathing when you have a stuffy nose.

And they aren't just uncomfortable -- they can cause you some significant harm.

"Lips that are very dry can crack, causing fissures that can easily become infected with viruses such as herpes simplex or with bacteria," says Charles Zugerman, MD, associate professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Medical School.

One way to avoid problems and look better is to keep your lips properly conditioned. This, says Zugerman, will prevent cracking and shield your lips from some of the factors that can trigger cold sores. His choice: heavy-duty lip balms like Blistex DCT (Daily Conditioning Treatment for Lips).

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