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  1. Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

    Watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing: How long these symptoms last can be a clue to what’s causing your congestion. Is it a cold or a sinus infection? If it’s a cold virus, you may find yourself close to a tissue box for several days. Most of the time, colds get better on their own in 10 days or les

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  2. Natural Cold Remedies: What to Know

    Finding a cure for the common cold has proved harder than paddling across the Pacific in a rowboat. Experts say that's because colds can be caused by more than 200 different viruses.  There may be no sure way to stop one in its tracks, but some things may work better than others to make you feel bet

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  3. Getting to the Bottom of a Sore Throat

    First it's that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what's next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep -- or something else? "For most sore throats, you probably don't need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work,

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  4. Myths vs. Facts About Your Immune System

    Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks. Here’s how it works: Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body, especi

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  5. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

    When you have a cold, it also affects your skin. So while you're getting over your cold, give your skin some TLC, too.   Long, hot showers can help ease a stopped up head, but they dry your skin. Because spending a lot of time in the water can suck the moisture right out of your skin, limit your bat

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  6. Beauty Sleep Counts When You Have a Cold

    The aches and pains that come with a cold can keep you from getting enough sleep, robbing your skin of its normal, healthy glow.  “Sleep is a very important time because it’s when the body and skin repair themselves,” says New York City dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, MD. “If you don’t get adequate re

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  7. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

    Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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  8. 8 Tips for Nighttime Cough Relief

    Nighttime coughs can be sleep-wreckers. The key is to soothe your ticklish throat and over-sensitive airways before you go to bed. Drink herbal tea with honey. Get into the habit of having a mug of non-caffeinated tea before bed. "Any warm liquid can help break up mucus in your airways," says Norman

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  9. 8 Reasons Your Cough Is Not Improving

    Are you fed up with your stubborn cough? There are many reasons why a cough may not improve, and that can be frustrating for people and their doctors alike. The most common cause of chronic cough is predictable. It's the aftermath of a cold or other viral infection, says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief

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  10. 7-Day Menu for Cold and Flu Season

    During cold and flu season, we all know to steer clear of people who are coughing and sneezing. We wash our hands often to avoid germs. What else can we do? Research suggests that following the right diet can not only help prevent colds and flu, but help ease symptoms if we get sick. Doctors have lo

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