It's that time of the year again, where you hear the sniffles and coughs floating around the office. Here's what you need to do if you start showing symptoms.

You already know there is no cure for having a cold, but there are things you can do to help fight it.

You've probably seen a million different tablets, over-the-counter pills and sprays, and have heard an endless amount of concoctions and such you can make to help shorten a cold and/or get rid of that cold. A lot of those products can help with cold symptoms, but won't shorten a cold, and some are just garbage. Maybe for a few, some of these items can hold the "placebo effect," but according to the Mayo Clinic, there are eight cold remedies that actually work. Now, that doesn't mean these things are going to shorten your cold, they'll just help with the symptoms.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those eight things are:

-Staying hydrated
-Soothing a sore throat with a saltwater gargle or a throat spray
-Relieve pain with acetaminophen
-Sip warm liquids like tea and chicken noodle soup
-Use OTC cold and cough medications
-Combat stuffiness with nose spray and drops
-Add moisture to the air with a humidifier

Resting is probably one of the most important things you can do with a cold. We're all busy, and want to keep doing everything that we normally do, but when you're sick, it's not a good idea. You need to let your body rest to fight off the virus. That also means to skip the exercise routine for a few days.

Good luck during this cold and flu season.



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