Tis the season to be sniffling and sneezing and coughing, too. As the weather outside gets worse and we all huddle together for warmth, we end up spreading much more than good cheer—we spread germs. Add in the hectic holidays, the election, and general rising stress, and our bodies’ defenses fall, allowing winter ailments to take over.
There is no cure for the common cold, so it’s worth doing your best to prevent getting one by washing your hands regularly, making sure those around you are washing their hands, and generally avoiding human contact (just kidding!). If that fails and you end up with a killer cold that knocks you flat on your back with your remote in one hand and a box of tissues in the other, we are here to help. We spoke to a range of experts from doctors to pharmacists to acupuncturists and nutritionists for secrets on how to get over a cold faster. They offer tips that will help give your immune system the boost it needs to get out of bed, away from Netflix, and back on your feet.