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Why does it feel good to drink hot liquids when you have a cold?

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Hot fluids relieve your congestion and soothe the inflamed lining of your nose and throat.

From: Home Remedies for Colds WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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