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From time to time -- whether from fatigue, stress, illiness, or aging, our body uses to pain to signal us that it is having probems.

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Cold and Flu Remedies

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Unlike bacterial-based illnesses, which can be treated or knocked out by prescription drugs, colds and flus are caused by viruses and you pretty much have to let them run their course. Note that flu (especially virulent strains like bird flu) can be life-threatening, so always seek medical attention when necessary.

If you get a cold or flu, here are some tips that can help you minimize the effects of the headache, runny nose, cough, and body aches that accompany it:

  • There are a host of over-the-counter and prescription drugs available to treat cold and flu symptoms. Be sure you read the labels for proper dosage information (it can differ based on age) and that you are taking the right medication for your symptoms. For instance, if you only have a runny nose, taking an all-in-one remedy that relieves other symptoms may give you unnecessary side effects, such as making you drowsy.
  • Sometimes, the remedies which you take to prevent colds can also help you get over them quickly. Much has been written about Echinacea, a natural herb that alledgedly boosts the immune system.
  • Don't forget your body's need for nutrition when you are sick and don't feel like eating. Fruits and vegetables, especially those providing vitamin C, can help give your body the resources it needs to fight the cold and flu virus. Drining plenty of liquids helps flush out your system more quickly, ushering out the viruses and bacteria.
  • Warmed wraps and heating pads can give relief to body aches, and vaporizors at night can keep your nasal linings from drying out.

Natural remedies may have fewer side affects than over-the-counter or presciption medicines but are not regulated by any medical authority and therefore require research on your part to determine whether they are right for

you. Their effectiveness is largely untested, but a very broad base of user experience gives you some indication of their safety and effectiveness. In general, natural remedies concentrate on keeping your immune system strong, or if you are sick, addressing a specific symptom.

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