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How to Treat Colds & Fevers Using Home Remedies

author image Kate Marlowe
Kate Marlowe began writing in 1998 and has published work through Capella University on topics such as heart disease in adolescents, wellness promotion programs, heart disease prevention, program design and differentiated instruction. She holds a Bachelor of Science in physiology/medicine from Marshall University and a Master of Science in program design and curriculum management from Capella University.
How to Treat Colds & Fevers Using Home Remedies
At-home remedies can make a cold or fever less uncomfortable.

There is no scientifically proven cure for the common cold, but you can use remedies at home to alleviate the symptoms while your body is fighting the infection. A fever is the body's way of fighting an infection, but it can make you uncomfortable, and at-home fever remedies can alleviate some of the discomfort. Keep in mind that a high fever that lasts for more than a few days, or a cold that doesn't seem to be going away, are possible signs of a more serious problem that needs to be discussed with a doctor.

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Step 1

Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and help the body rid itself of the virus. Fluids will also help to soothe a cough or sore throat. The fluids should be caffeine and sugar free. Water and broth soups are excellent choices.

Step 2

Take a dose of supplemental vitamin C to boost the immune system. You can get this in pill, chewable or liquid form. You can also drink juices high in vitamin C such as orange juice.

Step 3

Use saline spray as directed. This can help with nasal congestion and post-nasal drip. Consider using a Neti pot, a more comprehensive way to clear the sinus passages (see Resources).

Step 4

Pour essential oils in a sink mixed with water. Place a towel over your head and breathe the essential oils in to help in clearing the nasal passages. Eucalyptus and peppermint oils are great for clearing congestion.

Step 5

Dip a washcloth in cold water and wring it out. Place the cold washcloth over the forehead or back of the neck. This will help with making you comfortable if you are running a fever.

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