Summer colds are the worst. I know I have had a few over the years.

Here are some cold remedies to help you beat a summer cold and get back to enjoying the heat:

  1. Take an over-the-counter (OTC) decongestant to unclog a stuffy nose.
  2. Use a saline spray to irrigate the nose and keep mucus loose.
  3. Take an OTC pain reliever (like Tylenol) to reduce fever and manage pain.
  4. Use cough drops and throat lozenges to manage that pesky dry cough.
  5. Gargle with warm salt water to soothe a sore throat.
  6. Don’t take an antibiotic.
  7. Allow your body to rest — get plenty of sleep, and avoid strenuous exercise.
  8. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat.
  9. Don’t smoke.
  10. Head to the doctor if you don’t get relief within two days, or you are wheezing.

Most of all take time to heal.

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