BUFFALO, N.Y. — A local pharmacist spoke with 2 On Your Side to offer advice on what to do to get and stay healthy during cold and flu season. 

Barbara Madison is a pharmacist and owner of Parker Pharmacy on Hertel. She told 2 On Your Side's Karys Belger she started seeing customers come in as early as September to get medicine. 

"Over the counters to treat their symptoms, cough drops, Zinc lozenges," she said. "So I feel it has started early this year."

Madison says that in addition to your standard cold medicines, she's seeing more and more people come in for homeopathic remedies. 

"People use the Zinc lozenges to help shorten the duration of their colds," Madison said. 

She added, "The also use echinacea which is an herbal product, the goldenseal which is another herbal product."

In addition to these remedies, Madison recommends staying home if your sick, it helps give your body a chance to heal and prevent those around you from getting ill. If you haven't gotten sick yet, the best thing to do is be proactive. 

"One way of prevention is to wash your hands often and you've you touched something foreign like money or doorknobs," she said. "Don't touch your eyes or your nose." 

Madison recommends avoiding anyone who may be sick around you so the virus doesn't get passed around. She also told 2 On Your Side that chicken noodle soup is a simple home remedy that is effective. 

2 On Your Side's Kate Welshofer asked viewers what their favorite cold remedies are. Watch the video below:

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