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Sore throat-Flu-cough with phleghm

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Many viral syndromes start with a sore throat or cold symptoms, often followed by a cough. It’s not technically “flu,” or influenza. True influenza is caused by influenza viruses. Certain drugs will make it less severe or may prevent your getting it.

What to do when you’re definitely sick?
1. The first thing is to beware overuse of cough and cold remedies!
2. Get plenty of fluids
3. A humidifier is very helpful, especially with a heating system that dries out the air. Since you’re often breathing through your mouth when sleeping with a stuffy nose, your lungs get even drier

What is your phlegm color? If it’s clear, white, or pale, the infection may still be viral, and antibiotics may not be necessary. If it’s yellow, green, brown, or bloody, or if you are having fevers, chills, chest pains, or have other health problems, you might need antibiotics.

Watch for high fevers not responsive to aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetominophen; shortness of breath; coughing up blood; or painful breathing.

Natural remedies for cough:
1. Licorise root
2. Garlic and honey
3. Aloe and honey
4. Ginger cayenne tea

Aloe and honey is to fight dry cough. Consult a doctor if you are taking any of the following as there are possible interactions with aloe: Antidiabetic Medications, Digoxin and Diuretics.

Garlic and honey
Method
* If you are averse to strong garlic, simmer the garlic until soft
* Muddle one clove garlic with one tbsp honey
* Stir in one tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
* Consume

Why garlic works
The combination of garlic and acidic vinegar or lemon juice really opens up sinus passages and, along with the honey, breaks up phlegm. Garlic and honey are also loaded with vitamins and have antiseptic properties.

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Written by blueroselady

March 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

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