Topic: colds

CDC Says Flu Season Will Be Bad: 5 Steps To Stay Healthy

CDC Says Flu Season Will Be Bad: 5 Steps To Stay Healthy

If you feel like everyone around you has the flu and is spreading their flu-infested germs, you’re not wrong. According to the CDC, not only has this year’s flu season started early (just in time for the holidays!), but it’s predicted to be an especially bad flu season. Short of locking yourself inside the house for the next few months, there are a few things you can do to stay healthy. More »

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Common OTC Medications That Could Make You Feel Worse

Does your medicine cabinet need a makeover? It’s surprisingly common for over the counter medication to cause a rebound effect, prolonging symptoms and making you feel worse. Even a few consecutive days taking certain cold, cough, sleep and indigestion meds can backfire, triggering the rebound and making you dependent on the medicine to feel well. When it comes to the following medicine cabinet staples, you’ll want to use caution (or the trash disposal) to make sure your otc remedies aren’t actually making you ill. More »

Season’s Best: Natural Cough Drops Made With More Than Just Sugar

Season's Best: Natural Cough Drops Made With More Than Just Sugar

Last week, I bought some Honee’s cough drops without really looking at the ingredients. The package said they were made with real honey and enhanced with B vitamins—great, right? But today I took a look at the ingredient list—oh my: Sugar, followed by corn syrup. Like so many cough drops—how many of you grew up gobbling wild-cherry Ludens?—these were really just candy in disguise as medicine. Here are six better-for-you alternatives, just in time for the beginning of cold and flu season. More »

Cold-Season Salvation: The Neti Pot?

Cold-Season Salvation: The Neti Pot?

I admit: For years, I’ve been skeptical of the Neti pot—a tool for ‘nasal saline irrigation‘ that looks like a small teapot or genie lamp and uses a salt and water solution to flush out the passages of your nose. I have friends who swear by the Neti pot as a natural way to deal with sinus problems, allergies and colds, but the whole process has always seemed complicated and kinda gross to me. This morning, however, I woke up with a scratchy throat, an achey head and a stuffy, itchy nose (hello, fall cold!). Hot tea and a hot shower are nothing doing. Could I find salvation in the dreaded Neti pot? Can you? Read on for our overview of the Neti pot—what it is, how it works, why use it—accompanied by some lovely photos of Neti pot users. Yes, Neti potting it is probably something you’ll want to do in private.

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Goodbye, Cough Syrup: 12 Natural, At-Home Cold Remedies

Goodbye, Cough Syrup: 12 Natural, At-Home Cold Remedies

We’re not big fans of pumping ourselves full of cold medicine the second our noses start running. But we’re also not fond of feeling like crap all day. Luckily, The Daily Green has 12 all-natural, at-home remedies to get us through cold season.

1. For a cough: Put three tablespoons of dried thyme into a pint of boiling water. Once it cools, add a cup of honey and take one teaspoon every hour (if needed).

2. To prevent colds: Eat a diet rich in vitamin C to keep colds at bay. More »