All the signs are there: your throat is scratchy, you've been sneezing one too many times, you feel a headache coming on... Yep, you're getting sick.
Don't give in to your illness just yet! These four easy prevention methods can help you ward off that pesky cold—or at least ease the symptoms.
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You may shave two days off a cold, per a 2012 review. Look for lozenges with zinc acetate or zinc gluconate and take one every couple of hours while symptoms last, says Lisa Cuchara, PhD, professor of biomedical science at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Conn.
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Sip chicken soup
It's not just an old wives' tale: This staple can help relieve symptoms of a cold, according to a study from the University of Nebraska.