9 Old-Fashioned Cold Remedies That Definitely Don't Work

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I fortunately haven't caught the flu this year, but I was miserably sick last winter. When every part of your body hurts and it feels like medication isn't working, you get desperate for a solution relatively quickly. When I was under the weather and not feeling any better, I asked friends for at-home remedies in my desperation. Unfortunately, none of them worked. After learning more about the common cold and the flu virus — both how they're spread and how they affect our bodies — I realized that there's tons of old-fashioned cold and flu remedies out there, and even the ones you probably swear by definitely don't work. Sorry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's no cure for a cold, and your symptoms will likely go away on their own within 10 days. You can take antiviral medication for the flu if you're treated within two days of getting sick, but there's similarly no cure for the virus (though if you have a fever above 103 degrees, are experiencing chest pains, or other serious symptoms, you should definitely go see a doctor) . Even though you'll get a ton of websites promising natural solutions guaranteed to magically rid you of cold or flu overnight, that's not exactly realistic. Here are nine of the most popular old wives' tales about your run of the mill winter illnesses that don't actually have any basis in science.