This article was originally published on BLAC Detroit.

It’s that time of year again where we all start getting sick. The cold and flu season is upon us, and it seems like everyone is coming down with something. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who has already caught a cold or the flu, don’t worry, there are things you can do to help ease your symptoms and get better faster. Here are Seven home remedies for the common cold, BLAC’s step by step guide on What To Do When You’re Feeling Sick.

Eat healthy

Eating a healthy diet will help your body to fight off the infection. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet. Avoid sugary and processed foods, as they can make you feel worse.

Eat healthy.

Gargle with salt water:

gargling with salt water can help to relieve a sore throat. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water and gargle for several minutes.

Salt Water Gargling Helps sore throats

Rest:

Getting plenty of rest is important when you’re sick. Your body needs time to heal, so make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

Get some rest.

Stay warm:

Keeping your body warm will help to ease your symptoms. Dress in warm clothing, and drink hot beverages to stay comfortable.

Stay warm.

Drink lots of fluids:

Staying hydrated is crucial when you’re sick. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, such as water, juices, and soups. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can dehydrate you.

Drink lots of water and fluids.

Avoid tobacco:

Tobacco smoke can irritate your lungs and make your symptoms worse. If you smoke, now is the time to quit. If you don’t smoke, avoid being around others who do.

Avoid Smoking

See a doctor

If your symptoms are severe or last more than a few days, it’s important to see a doctor. They can rule out other conditions and make sure you’re getting the best possible treatment.

See a doctor if you don’t feel better.

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