Using a lozenge with zinc acetate or zinc gluconate every couple of hours while symptoms last might shave two days off a cold, a 2012 review indicated.
Sip Chicken Soup
It's not merely an old wives' tale: The comfort food staple really can help relieve cold symptoms, according to a University of Nebraska study.
Need some recipe inspiration? You can't go wrong with our classic chicken-and-noodles version, but if you enjoy Southwestern flavors, try Chicken-Tortilla Soup instead. Or, if you have more of an appetite, whip up a big bowl of this hearty, savory Chicken Dumpling Soup.
Try Vitamin C
It likely won't prevent a cold, but a review of 29 trials found that taking C daily as soon as you feel the first symptom might reduce your downtime by about 8 percent. You need about 1,000 milligrams per day.
As you sleep, your immune system releases cytokines, proteins that combat infection. Getting enough shut-eye consistently also helps you prevent sniffles in the first place.