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Tips & Tricks to Cure a Cold

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How quickly you bounce back is typically defined by you and your collective lifestyle habits — and this does not mean popping over-the-counter cough and cold remedies or fever reducers. In fact, as long as your temperature remains below 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) there is no need to lower it.

Cold viruses do not reproduce at higher body temperatures, so a slight fever should help you get rid of the virus quicker and help you to feel better much sooner.

You should avoid taking over-the-counter pain-relief medications as well, as a study showed that people who take aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen) suppress their body’s ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. Aspirin has even been linked to lung complications including pulmonary edema, an abnormal build-up of fluid in your lungs, when taken in excess.

You should only use these medications when absolutely necessary, such as if you have a temperature greater than 105 degrees F (40.5 degrees C), severe muscle aches or weakness.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A Simple Trick to Beat a Cold

I don’t advise over-the-counter medications, but one simple treatment you can try that is surprisingly effective against upper respiratory infections is hydrogen peroxide.

Many patients at my Natural Health Center have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu within 12 to 14 hours when administering a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear. You will hear some bubbling, which is completely normal, and possibly feel a slight stinging sensation.

Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside (usually 5 to 10 minutes), then drain onto a tissue and repeat with the other ear. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide in 3 percent solution is available at any drug store for a couple of dollars or less. It is simply amazing how many people respond to this simple, inexpensive treatment.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.


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5:24AM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

I had to take a dose of anti-bionics a few weeks ago and have now got a very bad cold.
I use HP as a mouth wash but i am uncertain about putting it in my ear canals. If i do try it i will report back.

I had forgotten about the cut onion, will do that tonight tho and take the garlic.
Thank you for the advice, much needed at the mo.

1:33PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

thanks for the information :)

7:45AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thanks so much!

11:36AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

VERY useful!!! THANKS!!!

10:26AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

wow, lots of info. at least they aren't 9 pages of 2 sentences each. thanks for all the ideas.

9:33AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

great article and tips...especially the H2O2 bit...didn't know that!

8:34AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Hydrogen peroxyde, really? Gotta try that..!

11:30AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

I only eat what I cook. I do take vitamin D. I stay away from sugars and sweeteners. I do eat a lot of kraut (make it myself) Garlic goes on almost everything. I do lack sleep. I walk everyday and play in my garden. Wash my hands regularly. I never take antibiotics.
The last time I had a cold was 12 years ago and it lasted a day. The last time I had the flu was 17 yrs ago and I do not get the flu shot. Great article and it is not too long a read if you are really interested in keeping your health up to snuff.

11:43AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011


8:55AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

This is a great article and even though people are complaining about the 9 pages, I think everybody needs to read this.
I used to get colds and flus every year. Since I started about 15 years ago having garlic every day I have been free of colds and flus. Of course a vegan lifestyle helps too.

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