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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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How to Stop a Cold

Sip Hot Tea and Honey

Mom had it right after all, Carstensen says. Drinking warm liquids helps to open up your stuffy nose and soothe a sore throat. Hot tea with a dollop of honey can help quiet a cough. But don’t give honey to children under a year old. It can make them very sick.

Act Fast

If you can’t hold off a cold, it’ll take for 5-7 days for your symptoms to improve, Carstensen says.

Getting an early jump on them on can help you manage them until you're well, she says. Start with over-the-counter medications like antihistamines with decongestants. You can take pain medicine like ibuprofen and acetaminophen for aches and pains.

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Reviewed on October 25, 2015

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