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1. Get your Flu shot!!! If you're sick wait 2-3 weeks, but if you're not do it ASAP! 2. Take your vitamins, during a time of sickness 2,000-3,000 mg of Vitamin C is your friend. If you're not sick and someone you know is take airborne. 3. Use honey as cough syrup and drink tea for sore throats. it's cheaper and better for you. 4. Take an antihistamine for nasal stuffiness, Benadryl is the best, but for daytime use Zyrtec or Claritin.
5. For nasal congestion use Sudafed, unless you have high blood pressure than you can only use a nasal rinse like the Neti-pot or Saline solution. 6. Rest! 8-9 hours of sleep per night is required to get better. 7. Exercise, but light. Keep your heart rate under 100 bpm till you're better.
There is a device from India called a Neti pot that is used to cleanse the sinuses. Modern versions can be found in almost any chain drugstore. Imagine a slender bottle that holds 8 oz. of water. You add a packet of salt (comes with the device) to 8 ox. of warm water. Lean over the sink, using the nozzle squirt half the water up one nostril. Yuck... I hear you say. It does take getting used to and you have to keep your mouth open. After doing both sides, your head and sinus feel great.
I do this daily in the winter and my colds have all but disappeared.
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