Although you can get a cold any time of the year it seems like you’re more likely to get one when cold weather gets here. You also find yourself more at risk for the flu, and flu symptoms can be really difficult to deal with. You don’t have to suffer from either of these things if you just take some steps to be healthier and avoid the germs that can spread them.

One step to avoid transfer and germs, especially when it comes to the flu, is to always make sure that you cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, always wash your hands, and even maybe carry some hand sanitizer in your purse or pocket for those times when it’s not convenient to wash your hands. Aside from that here a few other things you can do to help yourself fight off these bugs when you get them.

Dealing With A Sore Throat

Sore throats can be a pain in the neck, almost literally. If you’re suffering from a sore throat your doctor might not be able to do too much for you aside from telling you to take some painkillers and get plenty of sleep and liquids. However, there are some things you can get to help soothe a sore throat, and some of them may already be in your kitchen cupboard.

First of all, you could purchase some lozenges that will help lubricate your throat and could also help numb it. A great home remedy for a scratchy and sore throat is to have some tea with honey and lemon. The honey lubricates and lemon helps kill any bacteria in your throat.

Tea with honey and lemmon

Stopping The Cough

The doctor just like can prescribe you anything stop coughing, but there are plenty of cough medications over-the-counter, from cough drops to cough syrup. Some of these will help but you may have to try a few different ones to find which one works for you. There are also home remedies that people swear by, like putting Vick’s Vapor Rub on your feet when you go to bed at night.

Calming Your Fever

Fevers are probably one of the worst symptoms, aside from vomiting, of the flu. It’s important to get to the point where your fever breaks, and having a fever is just a sign that your body is actually fighting the infection. You want to stay hydrated, and it can be helpful to avoid hot liquids and instead go with room temperature or a little bit cooler liquids. You may even want to consider soaking in a cold tub of water to help break your fever.

Getting Over It Faster

While the only way to truly avoid getting a cold or the flu is lock yourself away in your home and keep yourself away from anyone else that has left the home, there are some things that you can do that may help speed up your recovery. All the steps already covered for your cold or flu, visit the doctor if you have a very high fever or if the symptoms are just extremely intolerable and consider doubling up on your intake of antioxidants and vitamin C. Also get plenty of rest and plenty of liquids.