Health & Fitness These are the cold and flu remedies that REALLY work

18:23  03 december  2017
18:23  03 december  2017 Source:   Prima (UK)

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These common cold remedies can help you fend off a cold or the flu before it takes hold. Here are the common cold remedies in my arsenal and how I use them so they actually really work : #1 – Fermented cod liver oil.

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There's no denying it: cold and flu season is upon us, so it's time to stock up the bathroom cabinets in preparation. NetDoctor's pharmacist, Rita Ghelani, gives the low-down on the five most reliable products for a cold and flu quick-fix.

Cold or flu?

Yes, there is a difference and, yes, it does matter. Although symptoms can be similar (think sore throat, a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, coughing and headaches), the telltale signs of flu usually come on much more quickly than a cold and are generally more severe.

Flu symptoms include a sudden fever (30-40°C), muscle aches and pains, sweating, exhaustion, a dry cough and excessive sneezing. It's also common for people suffering from flu to feel incapable of getting out of bed or going about their daily routine.

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11 Cold and Flu Home Remedies . There are plenty of home remedies that can alleviate your symptoms and get you back to normal. If you still feel sick after a few weeks, make an appointment with your doctor.

While there's no way to totally cure a cold or the flu once it's taken hold, these remedies can definitely help reduce your sickness' severity and duration. Related: 11 Must-Have Healing Remedies 5 Cold -Fighters Worth Trying Home Remedies from Mom: Do They Really Work ?

What can you do?

'Good hygiene practices such as using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing your hands more often and using a hand gel during the cold and flu will help to slow the spread of cold and viruses,' says Rita. 'These are simple and effective ways to help protect yourself and others from infections.'

While there is no cure for a cold, you can look after yourself at home by resting up, drinking plenty of fluids and eating healthily.

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Aside from painkillers, Rita recommends the following remedies to help fight cold & flu.

1. ColdZyme (RRP £9.99)

This oral spray forms a protective active enzyme barrier on the mucous membrane (a moist tissue that protects against infection) in your throat, making it more difficult for the cold virus to cause illness. ColdZyme can help shorten the duration of a cold by acting on the cold virus itself rather than just helping to relieve symptoms.

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Every year we ' re reminded of those old wives' tales, the ones that say we can cure a scratchy throat or stuffy nose with the help of a simple home remedy . Both the cold and flu are caused by viruses and don't need antibiotics in order to be cured.

And if we do, we need to get better fast. Right? Today, I have more than 15 all natural cold and flu remedies that I use myself and want to share with you. The key with this and similar remedies is to take it as soon as symptoms appear. If you wait until you’re really sick, it won’t work quite as well

2. Vicks First Defence (RRP £6.49)

Targeting viruses before symptoms worsen, this nasal spray is designed to be used at the earliest sign of a cold. Acting at the back of the nose, the spray traps, inactivates and helps your body naturally remove the cold virus before it gets a chance to fully develop.

3. Sterimar 'Stop & Protect' Cold and Sinus Relief (RRP £6.99)

Made for very blocked noses and using natural ingredients, Stop & Protect nasal spray helps relieve symptoms of a cold, rhinitis or sinusitis. It also prevents further developments and attacks by forming a protective film on the nasal mucous membrane.

4. Boots Dual Defence Nasal Spray (RRP £6.99)

Containing Carragelose – a polymer containing unique anti-viral properties – use this spray at the first sign of cold symptoms to help shorten the duration and severity of colds and flu.

5. Flu Vaccine (RRP £12.99. Free for those who are pregnant or aged 65+)

You are eligible for a free flu vaccination if you are pregnant, aged 65 and over or have certain medical conditions, including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Chronic lung disease, including asthma.
  • Chronic kidney, liver, heart or neurological diseases.
  • Diabetes.
  • HIV infection.
  • An underactive immune system, either due to disease or treatment.

Boots UK is encouraging more pregnant women to get vaccinated, as research shows that 56% of mums-to-be did not have one last year, despite the benefits it brings to both mother and baby. Ask your GP or local pharmacist for more information.  

 

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