The symptoms of the common cold are all too easy to spot: sneezing, a runny stuffed-up nose, sore throat, cough, and that general feeling of blah. What isn’t as easily identifiable is how to lessen the blow of said symptoms—and put yourself on a faster track to recovery.
“Colds last on average for one week,” says Lili Lustig, DO, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic. “Mild colds may last only two or three days while severe colds may last for up to two weeks.” Typically, you’ll suffer two or three colds a year. But fortunately, there are proven ways to make your cold time a little less painful. These five don’t involve a trip down the cold medicine aisle at all.
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