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Finally, a cure for the common cold?

You have a cold and you're miserable, here's what you do.

BY Rick Bursky
Oct.15,2019 / UPDATED ON MAY.25,2021

Let me set the scene. I'm sitting, okay, half sitting/half lying on my sofa. I have a sore throat, headache, and a stuffy nose. I'm sipping tea. I have a cold. I'm miserable. So I did what anyone with a laptop, which is everyone, would do - I went online looking for a cure. Come on, in this day and age, you're telling me that it's not possible to cure a common cold!?

Here's what I found.

First, the bad news you really can't cure a cold. I'm still pissed about this, and so should you. "They" haven't been able to cure cancer yet, or diabetes, so I was thinking they're probably behind on things like that because they spent so much time curing the cold. I was wrong. 

Now for the good news. There are things you can do that will make you suffer less and perhaps get better sooner. I added numbers to the list though I don't think it matters which order that you try them. What I do know that matters is I'm not a doctor, and the closest I've ever come is driving past the Keck School of Medicine at USC. 

  1. Drink a lot. Juice is good, so is water. Alcohol is bad, so is coffee (though I'm sipping coffee as I write this), and anything with caffeine is also bad when you have a cold because it hydrates you, and the point of drinking is to stay hydrated.

  1. If you have a sore throat, you should gargle saltwater. You don't have to live near an ocean. Simply dissolve about a half teaspoon of salt in warm water in a glass of warm water and gargle. It's good for temporary relief.

  1. Rest. Rest. Rest. Your body needs it. We all want to look good at work, so we go in when we have a cold. You're just prolonging your misery and making co-workers sick. 

  1. Stuffy nose, over-the-counter stuff will work. Ask your pharmacist for a recommendation; they love being asked questions, really. 

  1. Moisturize the air. This one could be a little tricky. You're going to need some sort of vaporizer or humidifier.

  1. Colds can bring pain with it. Aspirins are great, things Tylenol, Advil, Motrin IB — also great.

That's all the advice I have, at least for now. Take care. Feel better. Come back soon.

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