The common cold is a viral infection that affects the throat, nose, and sinuses. Symptoms of the illness usually start two or three days after the person comes into contact with the virus and include a stuffy nose, headache, cough, sneezing, a sore throat, and sometimes a fever. These symptoms may linger for two weeks or longer, but most cases clear up after about a week. Currently, there is no medical cure for this viral infection, but there are many home remedies for the common cold.
Any time you're sick, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids. The cold virus attacks the nasal areas and the body secretes mucus to help flush it out. Drinking liquids keep the mucus thin so it can more easily to its job. Try sipping green tea, fresh lemon juice, and plenty of water. Avoid alcohol, coffee, and soda as these liquids can sap the body of vital hydration.
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