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My go-to relief routines to beat cold, cough and flu fast.

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So I got a cold last week. It seemed like everyone had some sort of bug lately and it was only a matter of time before I faced that familiar enemy – the common cold. For this round with the cold, I didn't drop my gloves and resign to days of coughing, sneezing, aching and nose-dripping. I was prepared to fight back! I stocked up on essentials to get myself feeling better faster at Harris Teeter, part of the Kroger family of stores. I love Kroger because it’s easy to find everything you need to fight cold and flu and they always have special offers on my favorite products.

Here’s my battle plan of proven tricks and tips to manage cold symptoms while it runs its course.

Hydrate. Drink lots of fluids, at least one tall glass of water every couple hours. I prefer hot tea with honey and turmeric. Not only is sipping on tea a tasty way to hydrate, but the warmth can bring some calming relief to a scratchy throat. I think one of the reasons a cup of tea makes you feel good is because it's a hot drink, and you have to drink it slowly. You have to take a few deep breaths, and you have to be mindful of how you're feeling and your environment.

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Stay warm and get some rest. Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle. This battle taxes the body. So give it a little help by resting. I like to take Theraflu Power Pods Nighttime Severe Cold before to get some extra help relieving cold symptoms while I’m sleeping. (Remember, Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM should not be used at the same time.) Compatible with most single-serve coffee makers, these fast-relieving pods work on even your most severe symptoms. It temporarily relieves these symptoms due to a cold: minor aches and pains, headache, nasal and sinus congestion, cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation, minor sore throat pain, temporarily reduces fever.

Take a steamy shower, or use a humidifier. If you are Stuffed up, or having a cough, draw a hot, steamy shower. As you're in the shower, and the moist air gets into your sinuses, gently blow your nose one nostril at a time. Over-the-counter medicine will provide a fast cough and chest congestion relief as well. My favorite cough medicine is Robitussin® Maximum Strength Cough & Chest Congestion DM. (Remember, Theraflu Power Pods Daytime Severe Cold and Robitussin® Maximum Strength Honey Cough & Chest Congestion DM should not be used at the same time.) The liquid-strength of Robitussin® soothes on contact and provides cough relief for hours. It’s gluten free, has no artificial colors, and contains a true source certified honey.

Try essential oils. Use a blend of oils like bergamot, cinnamon and tea tree known for their antimicrobial properties and are effective against flu viruses as a vapor after just 10 minutes of exposure. You can use them by inhaling the vapors or using a room diffuser.

Gargle salt water. A slightly less delicious way to relieve a sore throat: Gargle a mixture of warm water and salt.

Use a salve under your nose. A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can help to open breathing passages and restore the irritated skin at the base of the nose. Menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor all have mild numbing ingredients that may help relieve the pain of a nose rubbed raw. However, only put it on the outside, under your nose, not inside your nose. If you are suffering from a cold sore Abreva® Pump Cold Sore and Fever Blister Treatment is a great solution proven to heal cold sores & shorten the duration of pain, itching, burning, tingling. It delivers the best results when used at the first sign of a cold sore and it’s the only FDA approved OTC medicine to shorten healing time.

Apply hot or cold packs around your congested sinuses. Either temperature works. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore or make your own. You can apply heat by taking a damp washcloth and heating it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it's not too hot.) A small bag of frozen peas works well as a cold pack.

Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. Here's another tip for folks feeling like the bulk of their body weight has gravitated to their sinuses. Instead of lying awake in bed because you just – can't – breathe – add an extra pillow to raise your head higher. This promotes sinus drainage down the back of your throat and will open up your nasal passages a little bit.

Practice proper cold and flu hygiene. Don't spread your sickness to others, and don't pick up another person's flu virus on top of your cold. Cover your coughs and sneezes, sanitize germy spots and perfect your hand-washing techniques.

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