how to stop cold and cough

Breathe aromatic steam: Fill the bathroom or kitchen sink with steamy water. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the steam. You can add things to the water – 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh ginger, a teaspoon of the over-the-counter (OTC) menthol ointment, or a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Try salt water sprays: A salty rinse for your nose can thin mucus, ease postnasal drip, and moisten dry membranes. It also helps remove virus particles and bacteria from your nose. You can get saline sprays at any drug or grocery store. They’re safe, they work, and they won’t bother your nose. They’re OK for kids to use, too. Spray the rinse into one nostril and then gently blow out. Repeat on the other side until no more mucus comes out.

Try a decongestant spray: They give fast relief for a swollen, stuffy nose. They’re safe, but you need to stop using them after 3 days or they could cause more congestion

Take a warm shower: Run the water with the bathroom door closed to make your own personal sauna. The steamy air opens your head and chest while it moistens and thins the mucus in your sinuses.