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What to Have at Home During Cold and Flu Season

By Donna Stark

Are you starting to feel a little extra tired or run-down? Has your coughing increased and is there a tickle in your throat? If so, you may be coming down with something, and that means you need to make sure you have all the weapons required to fight this battle ahead of you. What sort of weapons are we talking about here? Well, a mixture of both over-the-counter medications and popular, at-home remedies. Let's take a look at a few of them here.


One of the most important tools to have in your home is a thermometer, a working thermometer, that is. You will want to check yours periodically throughout the year to make sure it is primed and ready for when you need it! Since it can be hard to accurately gauge your temperature or to know how sick you really are, having a thermometer in the home can truly be a lifesaver.


Another great investment to have during the cold and flu season is a humidifier. Humidifiers can help ease many of the symptoms you are experiencing, such as a runny nose, sinus congestion, coughing, and sore throat. It can also help soothe dry skin, lips, and nasal passages.

Cold and Flu Medications

These over-the-counter medications won't cure what ails you, but they will make you feel better while your body is healing and may even reduce the duration of your illness. Cold and flu medications are great for fevers, headaches, body aches, stuffy noses, and sore throats.

Vitamin C

The most prized weapon everyone should have in their home is Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system by helping your body attack those nasty germs. And because Vitamin C comes in so many different forms (food, pills, and powders), it is easy and simple to take!

Epsom Salts

Warm baths and Epsom salts aren't just for muscle recovery, they're also great at soothing a sore and tired body! And if there is anything you need right now, it's optimal sleep! Epsom salts promote restorative sleep by easing the stress and tension that is keeping you awake and helping the body to relax more.

Feeling Better Quickly

Taking action to ensure you have everything you need before a cold or flu hits is the best way to beat this battle, but don't forget the most popular at-home remedy! Make sure you have some homemade chicken soup in your refrigerator too. With the suggestions above and a hot bowl of soup in your hands, it won't take long before you start feeling better!

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