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How to get rid of a bad cold ?

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Let's start our article by defining common cold. Common cold is a contagious viral infection of the nose and throat. It is usually a self-limited condition, which means that it resolves by itself without medications. 


What are the symptoms of common cold ?
Symptoms can vary from one person to another but it may include the following: runny nose, sore throat, watery eyes, headache, sneezing, tiredness.
In fact, sore throat and runny nose seem to be the chief disturbing symptoms. 
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How to get rid of a sore throat and a cold ? Are there home remedies to help relieve the symptoms of a cold ?
Common cold can be treated without the need to see a doctor by following these advices:
- Have plenty of rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids as tea, herbal teas, warm fluids.
- Frequently prepare and have a chicken soup.

- If you would like to get rid of a sore throat, here is the magic solution: Gargle with saltwater as long as you feel that your throat is sore. Prepare it by adding a 1/2 teaspoon salt to 8-ounce glass of warm water. Then stir till the salt dissolves in water.
- If symptoms are really bad, then you can have some medications to help relieve them. If you are complaining of a congested nose, then you can use saline nasal drops which is available over-the-counter. Pain relievers as acetaminophen can be used in case of headaches and fever. Please note that acetaminophen is hepatotoxic so please do not take more than the recommended dose of the drug shown on the drug's pamphlet.

Home remedies to help heal a common cold:
Garlics help to increase the body's immunity. Try to include it in foods in your diet. Besides, add lime juice to a glass of warm water and add a teaspoonful of honey to it. 
Honey has a soothing effect on the throat. Try to have a teaspoon of honey twice per day and it will be better to have it as the first thing in the morning. Concerning diabetics, avoid taking honey as it may disturb your sugar levels.

Here are some commonly asked questions concerning common cold:

Q. Will having echinacea and zinc supplements help to relief common cold ?
Ans. Recent studies have not shown convincing results when using the two above stated materials in the treatment of common cold.

Q. What are the measures to be done to prevent transmitting my cold to other individuals ?
Ans. Avoid going to crowded places. Always cover your nose and mouth during sneezing and coughing. Using warm water and soup, wash your hand frequently and thoroughly.

Q. How can i differentiate between common cold and allergy ?
Ans. In fact this is an important question. Allergies, in general, are caused by an allergen (a substance that the body react to as a foreign substance) as pollen, dust, certain foods, certain pets, insect stings. However, common cold is caused by a virus. 
Seasonal allergies tend to occur suddenly at the same time every year. Allergies will never cause muscle aches or fever. If any are present, then it is a common cold. 
Differentiation is a must because the treatment of each condition is different.

Q. Do i need to take an antibiotic for relieving a common cold ?
No you don't. Antibiotics are given to treat and fight bacterial infections. Common cold is caused by a virus. Antibiotics do not kill viruses. Note that taking antibiotics without medical supervision can be harmful to you in the future.

Q. How long will it take to heal from a common cold ?
Ans. The period of time is variable. In many cases, it will relieve in less than a week. But it may extend up to 2 weeks. If you notice that symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, then you must consult your doctor. 

At last, i wish that you always enjoy the best state of health.

3 comments

  1. this really helped me thx :D

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  2. I'm a vegeterian - what should i have instead of chicken soup?

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  3. Vegetable soup would be a good alternative.

    Regards

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