Treating and Preventing the Common Cold

Jeremy Mailman By Jeremy Mailman, 6th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Clogged nose, blocked nose, runny nose – it’s the common cold. The common cold is a viral infection of our upper air passages. The mucous membranes lining our nose and our throat are inflamed. Do you know that there are over 200 cold viruses to immune ourselves with? When you cough or sneeze or make a direct contact with another person, you can easily spread the virus.

Cause and Symptoms

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include cough, headache, sore throat, hoarseness, congested or runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, body aches, chills, malaise and mild fever.

The Cause

Cold viruses infect the upper air passages of our body.

Complications

The viral infection may spread causing acute bronchitis, laryngitis, earache, sinusitis, tracheitis and secondary bacterial infection. It can aggravate existing respiratory disorders like asthma, chronic bronchitis and chronic ear infections.

The infection can also reactivate the virus that causes cold sores.

What you can do

1. Drink plenty of water. Hot fluids are better.

2. Have some hot chicken soup.

3. Stop all activities and have plenty of rest.

4. Keep yourself warm.

5. Gargle.

6. Take vitamin C.

7. Quit smoking.

8. Always have a positive attitude.

9. Inhale steam to loosen nasal congestion and to easily expulse mucus. You can use nose sprays or drops but not for long.

10. Frequently blow your nose. Block only one nostril at a time to prevent the phlegm from getting into your sinuses and infecting them.

If symptoms persist for more than 10 days or become worse, time now to consult your doctor.

How to prevent

Do not go to crowded places. It is easier to catch the virus there. Keep yourself healthy with a balanced diet. Exercise regularly.

Tags

Asthma, Bronchitis, Cold Prevention, Common Cold, Coughs, How Do We Fight Common Cold, How To Prevent, How To Treat

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author avatar Jeremy Mailman
Freelance writer. Researcher. Creative Artist. Coffee lover. Friend. Family man.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Mar 2011 (#)

Jeremy Mailman,
This is a your yet another trademark article.
Thank you for the good work.

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author avatar Carol
6th Mar 2011 (#)

What a useful article. Colds make you feel miserable.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent article...I am always getting a cold at least one time during the winter. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Mohamed
13th Dec 2011 (#)

thanx alot for this usefull article

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