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I came down with a cold two weeks ago and it seems there’s no end in sight. I’ve been taking all the standard over-the-counter cold medicine for my symptoms, but I’m still coughing and sniffling. Is there anything more I can do to end this cold? What is the best way to get rid of a common cold?
- Drink plenty of fluids. Cold drinks can help soothe a sore throat and hot beverages can help break up mucus.
- Rest. Take it easy and get plenty of sleep.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Take a hot shower. The steam may help open nasal passages and loosen congestion.
- Pain relievers and fever reducers including acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motril, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) can help with fever, body ache, headache, and sore throat.
- Decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) and oxymetazoline (Afrin Nasal Spray) can help relieve nasal congestion. Do not use decongestant nasal sprays for more than 2 to 3 days.
- Saline nasal spray can help relieve runny nose, nasal congestion, and dry nasal passages.
- Antihistamines can help dry up a runny nose.
- Cough medicines can help reduce cough
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