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Should I use hot or cold packs for a cold or the flu?

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Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it's not scalding). Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control: ''Symptom Relief.'' American Academy of Family Physicians: ''Colds and the Flu.'' Charles B. Inlander, author, 77 Ways to Beat Cold and Flu.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 16, 2020

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control: ''Symptom Relief.'' American Academy of Family Physicians: ''Colds and the Flu.'' Charles B. Inlander, author, 77 Ways to Beat Cold and Flu.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 16, 2020

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