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Tips for a speedy recovery

> If you do catch a cold, then all you can do is treat the symptoms. There are no drugs to cure it, so aiding recovery is your aim.

> If you do wake up with cold symptoms, try inhaling steam or warm air for up to 15 minutes. This can help reduce the symptoms of a cold.

> Large doses of vitamin C may help you with your symptoms, although medical opinion is divided.

> Always use disposable tissues, rather than handkerchiefs, and throw them out immediately after use.

> Don't overuse heaters. They can dry the air and weaken your defences. Keep the heat at a moderate level and stay extra warm with blankets and hot drinks.

> Try paracetamol to help lower your temperature and decongestants to combat the misery of a blocked nose.

> Take it easy and rest your body. Remember, it's busy fighting an infection so don't stress it even more.

> The good news is, once you've had a particular strain of cold or flu virus, you won't get it again. Unfortunately, there are so many cold viruses around -- more than 200 in fact -- that you could go straight into another infection if you don't take the necessary precautions!