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There's no magic cure to banish a cold in just 5 minutes. The common cold is a viral infection, and unfortunately, viruses take time to run their course.

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However, there are things you can do to feel better while your body fights it off:

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of fluids like water, broth, or herbal tea. This helps loosen mucus and congestion.
  • Rest: Get plenty of sleep to allow your body to focus on recovery.

These won't make your cold disappear in minutes, but they'll help you feel better as you recover.

Here are some other strategies that might help shorten the duration of your cold:

  • Lozenges or honey: These can soothe a sore throat.
  • Warm salt water gargle: This can ease a scratchy throat.
  • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with headaches, aches, and fever.

If your cold is severe or lingers for more than a week, it's always a good idea to consult a doctor.

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