Tagged With colds

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Last week I had a shocking cold. Blocked nose, sore throat, and feeling poorly. This made me think about the countless vitamins and supplements on the market that promise to ease symptoms of a cold, help you recover faster, and reduce your chance of getting another cold.

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This is the season when we send our kids off to school with shiny new backpacks, and every year, they bring home the same thing: The first round of back-to-school colds. In our house, with a two-year-old intent on drooling on everyone he touches and a six-year-old still perfecting her personal hygiene practices, pathogens are passed out like hugs, and it's only a matter of time before the whole family is sick.

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Some of us may have heard that horseradish and garlic supplements help ease cold and flu. (Maybe your mum or dad used to give you a raw clove to suck on when you complained of a sore throat.) But is it actually effective at easing colds? Let's take a look at the science.

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If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you’ll reach for a tissue or hanky to clear the mucus by having a good blow. But do you go for one nostril or two? Hard blow or gentle? It turns out that some ways are more effective (and less risky) than others.

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I'm at home rocking the summer cold from hell. Meanwhile, my partner is checking out a bunch of cool tech at CES in Vegas.

Suffice to say, I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself.

We're pretty good at being caretakers when we're in the country though. We've both played nurse while the other was excreting a whole manner of unholy bodily fluids.

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Cold and flu season has arrived for the year, and it's time to go digging through the archives for our best tips on how to combat it. Research shows there's a way you can potentially halve your chances of catching a cold -- though it's not as easy as it sounds.

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With the sudden onset of Autumn weather, cold and flu season is back for the year -- which can bring painfully blocked sinuses. This tip has been one of our most popular since it was first posted in 2012, as it seems to work for a huge number of people, and it's as simple as using your tongue and your thumb.

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I'm constantly shocked by how many people don't know the basics of dressing for warmth in the outdoors. Even more people aren't equipped with the basics for sleeping warmly on a cold night. It's all simple and cheap, read this and make no more excuses.