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What To Buy When You Have A Cold ##BEST##

Over-the-counter medications : Over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines and pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can reduce some cold symptoms. Children younger than 6 should not use over-the-counter medications. Talk to your doctor for more details.

what to buy when you have a cold

Staying hydrated is key when you catch a cold or the flu. Drinking water helps flush toxins through your system and makes you feel better if you're losing liquids and/or feeling dehydrated from the flu. A water bottle can help keep the liquids flowing. This Brita water bottle is the best we've ever tested because it's inexpensive, lightweight, and comes equipped with a filter for premium taste and a straw that is great for when you're sick and don't feel like moving a muscle. Plus, the stainless steel keeps your water cold for 24 hours straight. Not too shabby.

The only thing worse than having the sniffles is using harsh toilet paper to blow your nose when you inevitably run out of tissues. If you don't want to run out to the store while you're trying to rest at home, we recommend stocking up on Puffs Ultra Soft tissues, which are the best tissues we tested because of how soft, yet durable they are.

People say that orange juice is good for you when you're sick, but sometimes that old carton of Tropicana just won't cut it. For a homemade version, this juicer by Omega will churn out high yields of some of the freshest juice you'll ever taste, which is why we named it the best juicer of 2021. While it's on the more expensive side, you'll be able to use it outside of sickness for breakfasts, brunches, and more.

For a more affordable option, this juicer by Hamilton Beach won't hurt your wallet as much. While we haven't tested it ourselves, it has over 7,000 positive reviews on Amazon and holds a 4.5-star rating.

Nobody has time to cook a full-blown meal when they're under the weather, so a kitchen gadget that makes dump meals is more than ideal. We love this Crock-Pot for that exact purpose and rated it the best affordable slow cooker because of how well it performed in all our tests, making it well on-par with higher-end models. If you feel like splurging, our number one slow cooker is this 3-in-1 multi-cooker model by Cuisinart that can saute and steam food, in addition to offering great performance.

Cold nights while you're sick can be especially brutal. If you don't want to jack up your thermostat and spend an arm and a leg on your gas bill, a space heater can help solve your drafty woes. This one by De'Longhi is our favorite space heater we tested because it was the fastest at making rooms super toasty, and was incredibly easy to lift and transport. For a budget option, we recommend this one from Lasko because while it doesn't have as much versatility as our top pick, it still gets the job done.

There's something magical about heating pads that can mitigate just about any pain in your body, all while keeping you cozy and warm. Just place it wherever is aching and let it go to work. For an electric one, the best we ever tested is the BodyMed Digital Moist Heating Pad. It heats fast, maintains a steady high temperature, and is easy to use. For an old-fashioned microwaveable one, we prefer this one by Caylee's Creations. It's soft, machine-washable, and doubles as a cold compress when you freeze it. Plus, it's less expensive than an electric one.

Weighted blankets provide a calming effect with their gentle pressure and overall coziness. And I, for one, need calmness when I'm sick because I'm a hot mess. The super popular Gravity Blanket ranks as the best weighted blanket we've tested because it provides the perfect amount of pressure, it's easy to clean, and will last you for years to come. It doesn't come cheap, so as a budget option, we also love the YnM Weighted Blanket because it's cozy and well-constructed for a fraction of the price of the Gravity.

While COVID-19 is top of mind for folks, disinfecting wipes can also eliminate other viruses, bacteria and allergens from surfaces around your home. No matter if it's the flu, a cold or COVID-19, wiping down high-touch surfaces around the home can help to prevent spreading germs to other household members. Be sure to properly wipe down surfaces like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

Guaifenesin cough syrup helps thin mucus that comes along with COVID, seasonal colds, or the flu. Commonly known by the brand names Mucinex or Robitussin, Dr. Kreps says she always has guaifenesin on hand to keep chest congestion to a minimum. Guaifenesin syrup helps thin mucus so when you cough you can expel mucus. It can also help decrease a nagging nighttime cough so you get the sleep you need and you feel better.

Dr. Kreps says both vitamin C and elderberry gummies help stimulate the immune system. While vitamin C might not prevent you from getting sick, it can shorten the duration of your cold and reduce the severity of your symptoms. Another bonus, since vitamin C is also an antioxidant, it helps to reduce swollen sinuses. Elderberry is also known for easing cold and flu symptoms. You can also consider taking a vitamin D supplement if your levels are low. One recent study found vitamin D can help protect against COVID-19 and the flu.

In addition, Dr. Kreps says good hydration keeps mucus and phlegm thinner and makes you less prone to a secondary infection. Staying adequately hydrated also increases the effectiveness of any cold and flu medications you take.

If a cough lasts longer than seven days, check in with your healthcare provider. If you suspect the flu or COVID-19 and are in a high-risk group (65 or older, pregnant, or have a chronic health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or chronic kidney disease, or have a weakened immune system, due to AIDS or cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend calling your doctor as soon as your symptoms begin. Call your physician day or night. Doctors always have call-coverage after normal business hours. Likewise, if you are an otherwise healthy adult and have a severe sore throat, trouble breathing, or a cough that produces green or yellow mucus, you should talk to your healthcare provider. If you are having respiratory distress, neurologic changes, or chest pain, you may need to dial 911 for emergent assistance.

This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.

Tea also contains polyphenols. These natural substances found in plants may have a large number of possible health benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and even potential anticancer effects (14, 15, 16, 17).

While few studies have tested this effect, capsaicin does seem to thin out mucus, making it easier to expel. Nasal capsaicin sprays have been used with good results to relieve congestion and itching (30, 31, 32).

One study in rats found that beta-glucan, a type of fiber in oats, helped decrease inflammation in the gut. But more research is needed to determine whether it could have a similar effect in humans and be useful for relieving digestive symptoms (38).

Additionally, one review of 14 studies noted that flavonoid supplements, which are made from a type of antioxidants found in fruit, decreased the number of days people were sick with a cold by 40% (46).

Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body temperature of 95F or lower can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage, or worse.

Being outside in the cold, or even being in a very cold house, can lead to hypothermia. Try to stay away from cold places, and pay attention to how cold it is where you are. You can take steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia.

Luckily, my son Tyler came by to check on me. He saw that I was only wearing a light shirt and that my house was cold. Ty said I was speaking slowly, shivering, and having trouble walking. He wrapped me in a blanket and called 9-1-1.

Living in a cold house, apartment, or other building can cause hypothermia. In fact, hypothermia can happen to someone in a nursing home or group facility if the rooms are not kept warm enough. If someone you know is in a group facility, pay attention to the inside temperature and to whether that person is dressed warmly enough.

People who are sick may have special problems keeping warm. Do not let it get too cold inside and dress warmly. Even if you keep your temperature between 60F and 65F, your home or apartment may not be warm enough to keep you safe. This is a special problem if you live alone because there is no one else to feel the chilliness of the house or notice if you are having symptoms of hypothermia.

A heavy wind can quickly lower your body temperature. Check the weather forecast for windy and cold days. On those days, try to stay inside or in a warm place. If you have to go out, wear warm clothes, and don't stay out in the cold and wind for a long time.

Taking some medicines and not being active also can affect body heat. These include medicines you get from your doctor and those you buy over-the-counter, such as some cold medicines. Ask your doctor if the medicines you take may affect body heat. Always talk with your doctor before you stop taking any medication.

Sometimes it is hard to tell if a person has hypothermia. Look for clues. Is the house very cold? Is the person not dressed for cold weather? Is the person speaking slower than normal and having trouble keeping his or her balance?

The only way to tell for sure that someone has hypothermia is to use a special thermometer that can read very low body temperatures. Most hospitals have these thermometers. In the emergency room, doctors will warm the person's body from inside out. For example, they may give the person warm fluids directly by using an IV. Recovery depends on how long the person was exposed to the cold and his or her general health. 041b061a72


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