Drink cup after cup of a no caffeine hot beverage, such as herbal tea and get plenty of sleep; as many cat naps as you can. If you don't like herbal tea, you can make a lemon/honey concoction in the microwave. Take 1/2 lemon and squeeze it in a mug. Cook about 1 minute in the microwave; use a glove or hot pad and squeeze more juice out. Add honey to taste and water to the top, heat again to just a bit hotter than a drinkable temperature and sip it while it's as hot as you can stand it without burning yourself.
Hot non caffeine liquids heat the throat so the bacteria can't live. It will help a sore throat, but if you don't have one, drinking 5-7 cups in a day keeps you so hydrated that your body can more easily fight the infection. Likewise with the sleep. You can nip it in the bud if you do it before your symptoms are severe, but if it's too late already, you will get better faster.
No drugs and it works.
at 11:14 PM on Apr. 15, 2011