Get your rest. Drink lots of fluids, particularly water.
For any infection, add thymic protein - This natural thymic hormone mimic stimulates your immune system wonderfully. It should be in everyone's medicine cabinet. Take as directed 3 times each day at the first sign of any infection until the infection resolves. You'll be impressed and even your kids will love it.
Take vitamin C 1,000-3,000 mg every few hours while awake, then lower the dose if and when you get loose stools.
For stuffy nose or nasal congestion - take eucalyptus oil. This wonderful penetrating vapor does not have the tendency to irritate like menthol. Eucalyptus smells great, and has been used for centuries to clear stuffy airways, shrink nasal swelling and reduce secretion of mucus - fast and without causing sedation.
Another helpful tool to fight sore throats and colds in general (especially in kids) is Echinacea herbal mixes.
If you have the flu (or even think you may) take a wonderful homeopathic called Oscillococcinum (in most drug or health food stores) as soon as possible. The earlier you start it, the more likely to knock the flu out quickly.
Suck on a zinc lozenge. This is especially helpful for sore throats.
Dark chocolate is an effective (and tasty) cough suppressant. It is as effective as codeine.
For sore throats or nasal congestion, use salt water gargles and nasal rinses. The recipe is: 1 teaspoon salt (table salt is fine) plus 1 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder!) plus 1 pint of lukewarm water.
If you have infectious mononucleosis, which can last 6 weeks and is diagnosed by your doctor using a lab test, the treatments above (especially the thymic protein) can help, but here's a powerful but little known trick. Get Tagamet (cimetidine), the over the counter antacid, from your drug store or supermarket. Though not natural, this safe over the counter medication is an immune modifier that I have seen quickly eliminate mono even in teens hospitalized with it. If over 12 years old, take 400 mg 3x day till the mono symptoms clear.
Dr. Jacob T