While there is no cure or reliable treatment for the common cold, there are many remedies that will help you feel better and alleviate some of the symptoms. If you think you have a better way of defeating acute viral rhinopharyngitis, let me know in the comments section.
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Step 1: Take a shower, wash your hands
Washing your hands is a good idea even if you're not sick, and if you're blowing your nose every five minutes like I am, it's also a good way to prevent transmitting your disease to other people.
Step 2: Vitamin C
You can take it in pill form or by eating citrus fruit like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits.
Step 3: Drink plenty of fluids
Step 4: Soup
The traditional remedy is chicken noodle soup, but I think that matzo ball soup (aka "Jewish penicillin") makes a wonderful alternative.
Step 5: Chew gum
Step 6: Whiskey
Please note that this will not make you any healthier. The effects and risks of alcohol consumption are the same (or worse!) if you are sick. Don't drink too much (one shot per hour is plenty), don't have any before driving, and don't drink if you're underage.