Three tips to fight off a cold fast year-round.

How to get rid of a cold fast

We often associate a cold with colder temps and snow, but as life tells us, you can catch a cold year-round. In fact, you might be more susceptible to the cold in the spring and summer months because you've likely let your guard down. While cases of the cold may not seem as prevalent, germs spread a whole lot easier in warmer temperatures. Follow our three tips to stop a cold fast year-round, so you don't have to skip any exciting outings or events!

Tip #1: Invest in a Quality Humidifier

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Dry indoor air is a breeding ground for everything from sinus dryness to allergies to susceptibility to infections. Although humidifiers increase moisture indoors, most spread bacteria because they don’t filter germs from the water. Luckily, there's the Dyson Humidifier ($600, major retailers across Canada) with UV light technology that kills 99 per cent of water bacteria before it can spread in your space. You’ll be sure to sleep well year-round and avoid the snuffles.

Tip #2: Keep Eucalyptus Oil on Hand

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Eucalyptus oil, a natural decongestant, alleviates chest and sinus congestion. Inhale the steam from a mixture of five millimetres of Thursday Plantation Eucalyptus Oil ($9.99, drugstores) and two cups of hot water to get rid of mucus buildup and headaches.

Tip #3: Actually Kill the Germs in Your Throat

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Many over-the-counter drugs for colds simply suppress symptoms instead of attacking viruses head on. Cold-Q Oral Spray ($23.99, coldq.com) is an all-natural immunity-enhancing spray that targets viruses and germs at the back of your throat with natural herbal extracts derived from Chinese medicine.