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  1. 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 bath

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  2. 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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  3. 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 res

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Cough Relief: How to Lose a Bad Cough

    Ah, the joys of winter. Eggnog, ice skating ... (cough cough cough). Constant cough can stop you in your tracks. “Even a little cough can be debilitating,” says Mark Yoder, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Cold and flu seas

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  7. 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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  8. Cold Relief: 6 Sleep Tips to Help You Breathe Easier

    Suffering the symptoms of a cold is bad enough by day. At night, it can be worse. Blocked sinuses can make it so hard to breathe that you spend all night in a misery of tossing and turning. WebMD asked cold and sleep experts around the country for advice on how to breathe easier at night while you’r

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  9. Should I Go to the Clinic for a Cold or Flu?

    Q: I figure I'll pick up a cold or the flu at some point from all the sniffling, coughing students in my classes. How do I know when to seek medical help? A: You're right. Because you spend a lot of time around other people, your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter are high. Remember to

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  10. Tips to Help Prevent Kids' Colds and Flu

    Winter is upon us, and with it, the peak of cold and flu season. How can you keep your child from catching a nasty virus? Parents have two main weapons, says Bridget Boyd, MD. She's the director of the newborn nursery at Loyola University Health System in Chicago. The first: good hygiene. "The best

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