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- Feb 09 2017
10 home remedies to fight the adamant cold
“Nothing but only time can cure your cold”, you might hear this as a common respite from your loved ones when in reality cold is blatantly taking a toll on your personal and professional life. Cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat. It is harmless but can make you uncomfortable. It occurs when a cold virus enters your body through your nose, eyes, and mouth. Some of the symptoms are cough, running nose, headache, itchy throat, and body pain. While conventional medicines might provide some relief here are some effective home remedies to get respite from cold without any side effects.
- Stay hydrated – Drink lots and lots of water. In addition to the normal 2 liters of water per day, you should drink few more additional glasses of water when you are suffering from cold or fever. Warm water should be given preference over normal drinking water while dealing with the cold. Also, try drinking fruit juice, herbal tea, and warm lemon water with honey. Avoid consuming coffee and alcohol as it can make your throat dehydration worse.
- Soothe your sore throat – Gargling is an age-old formula for soothing your sore throat. Mix salt, sage, apple cider vinegar with warm water and gargle. This saline solution extracts the extra fluid from the inflamed tissues in your throat and removes irritants like fungi and bacteria. Sage leaves not only remove the extra fluid, but also help prevent the bacteria. Make sure that you are not using excessive salt while gargling as it will draw more water, making your throat more dry and irritated.
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide – Early use of hydrogen peroxide is the best way to combat cold. Place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into each ear and wait until the bubbling subsides. Repeat this process every few hours until you get relief. Not only does it help fight the cold, but it is also an effective remedy for flu, ear infection, and sinus infection.
- Fight the congestion in your nose – Using saline spray or saline nasal drops help relieve dry or irritated nasal congestion. You can also prepare salt water rinse at home and use it to moisten the nasal passages. To prepare it, mix 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt to 1 teaspoon of baking soda and keep it in an airtight container. Take one 1 teaspoon of this mixture and mix it with 8 ounces of lukewarm distilled water. Then fill this mixture into a bulb syringe and squirt the mixture into both nostrils, one after another. Make sure to close one nostril while squirting the mixture into the other nostril. There is no concern about side effects as it doesn’t contain any medicine.
- Steam up – The most effective way to reduce inflammation is to keep the nasal passages clear and steam is indubitably great at attaining this. Boil water in a pot and add thyme, rosemary, and oregano to the hot water and cover it with a lid for 5 minutes. As soon as you remove the lid after 5-7 minutes, put a towel over your head and place your face directly over the pot. Try to breathe in the steam for at least 15 minutes. You can also opt for a steam bath whenever possible, this is especially good for children.
- Get proper rest and warmth – When you get the proper and abundant rest in the cold or flu, it helps the body to strait its energy for fighting off the infections. It will also give you a much sought-after break from never-ending blowing of the nose. Try keeping an extra pillow under your head to get relief from the problem of stuffed nasal passages.
- Fight it with kitchen ingredients- Try warm liquids like chicken soup, warm apple juice, hot herbal tea, hot lemon water, a mixture of honey and brandy (for adults only). The fluids will relax congestion and keep you hydrated. It also soothes the burning and inflamed linings of your nose and throat. Garlic is one of the most versatile old remedies that can be used to fight fungal infections and bacterial infections. Ginger also helps you sweat out the toxins in your body, giving you respite in cold and cough.
- Keep your surrounding clean and moist- Use a tissue whenever you sneeze and wash your hands carefully after discarding that tissue. Always carry a sanitizer if you are going outside and avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold. Keep your room warm, but not overheated in the winter season. Use a humidifier in your room to retain the lost moisture, which will help ease coughing and congestion. Make sure that you clean the humidifier to prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Say no to antibiotics – Antibiotics do no help in fighting against cold viruses as they fight bacteria-related ailments such as conjunctivitis, pneumonia, and bronchitis. So, avoid asking your doctor or at your local drug store for antibiotics for a cold. Instead of providing you any relief from cold, it will only aggravate your condition. If your cold is accompanied with chills and high fever, then you might need antibiotic. So, talk to your doctor before popping out the leftover antibiotics from last winters.
- Watch out your diet- Foods with high-fat content can result in inflammation, which contributes to the less active immune system. Avoid white foods like sugar, milk, soda, dairy products, etc. as they may make your phlegm thicker which can lead to more irritation.
It becomes difficult to drain excess mucous in severe congestion, which can cause stuffiness, swelling and bacteria build-up. Rinse your nasal passages with lukewarm water for easy removal of excess phlegm, bacteria, and pollutants. Most people recover from cold in 7-8 days, but if symptoms do not improve in seven to eight days or they get worse, visit your doctor. He or she may do a chest X-ray to rule out any signs of bacterial infections.
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