"I think I'm getting sick …" might be the most dreaded five words in the English language come winter, even if you've gotten your flu shot snooping (runny nose + coughing) and all the other cold symptoms that may be present in this time of year.
If your usual plan of defense is to hide in yours Grams would probably make you chicken soup, and you would like to make a new approach to it.
Imagine for a minute that your grandparents were taking care of you Gramps would be all about the whiskey, right?
Back in the day, pouring a tipple of whiskey What's the standard procedure? truth.
Should You Throw Back a Hot Toddy?
You would not knock kno cking back a few in the name of health, right?
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A hot toddy, which is made with hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon juice, is a medicinal tea of sorts. Lisa Doggett, M.D., a board-certified family physician in Austin, Texas, says. "Warm liquids can not be soothing to the throat," she says. "And there's some evidence supporting the use of honey to reduce and cope with kids over 12 months old. It may be beneficial for adults as well. "
Doggett says her personal go-to remedy for cold symptoms is hot herbal tea with lemon and honey. As for the whiskey, she'd leave it out.
If you are not on any other meds, John Cheng, MD, is a doctor of family medicine in Orange County, California , says a hot toddler may be what you need to relax when you're ill. "The heat will dilate the nasal passages, which allows for mucus to flow better, the alcohol in the drink makes you feel relaxed, and it has soporific (sleep-inducing) benefits that are needed when you are ill."
But PSA: Make sure you drink only with plenty of water because of alcohol can be dehydrating, all.
What About Chicken Noodle Soup?
If you were the child with noodles or matzo balls, your Bubbie what's right about this one.
While these can CNS can actually cure you are limited,
"Chicken soup is a must when you have the flu," says Edmund Nahm, MD, an ear, nose, and throat specialist in NYC. "It hydrat it the body, soothes the throat, and tastes great. "
Of the limited studies that have been done on chicken soup, have found it to have anti-inflammatory properties for the upper-respiratory tract, plus it helps open up stuffy nasal passages. It may even inhibit pro-inflammatory conditions associated with the early stages of a viral infection and help prevent the dreaded common cold.
Only One question remains: Does About Eats deliver chicken noodle?
… and Is It Worth Smelling Like Vicks VapoRub?
Your mom probably rubbed good ol 'Vicks on your chest or feet when you were little and coughing.
For years, doctors had zero evidence that camphor (a cough suppressant that is one of the main ingredients in Vicks) and menthol (thus the smell) did anything. Then a 2010 study came out and changed everyone's minds. Compared to petroleum jelly and doing nothing for a cough in kids, Vicks outscored everyone.
"Many of the symptoms of cold and flu are related to congestion and cough, symptoms that can be particularly bothersome at night and interfere with sleep," says Amesh Adalja , MD, a board-certified infectious disease physician in Pittsburgh. "There's some data that Vicks VapoRub (or an equivalent ointment containing menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil) can diminish a nighttime cough and allow the sick person to sleep better through the night."
Just stick with the rub on your chest, back of the neck, and feet.
The Bottom Line
While old-fashioned remedies will not cure you, they probably will not hurt you, either. "Unfortunately, we do not have good clinical evidence to support most of the old-fashioned treatments for colds and coughs," Doggett says. "On the other hand, we do not have solid evidence for most over-the-counter cough and cold medicines lining shelves of pharmacies everywhere, either. So if someone has a cough and cold remedy that's tried and true, usually it's fine to use it. "
Just be sure to see your doctor if your symptoms get worse sign of a more serious condition.