Sneezing nose, sore throat, headache and chills are the first signs of a cold. Unfortunately, many of us are accustomed not to attach much importance to these signs, hoping that in a few days they will pass without any treatment. Therefore, in most cases, after a cold, cough, runny nose and weakness do not go away for a long time, and sometimes even lead to complications in the form of bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis media and pneumonia.
There are many effective ways to deal with the first signs of a coldhelping to stop the progression of the disease and accelerate recovery. The most popular of them is the following: boil a cup of milk, add a pinch of soda to it and drink it before bedtime with two tablespoons of honey. Boiled milk can be replaced with a glass of hot tea with lemon and honey. Then put the socks on your feet, after pouring dry mustard in them, or attach a pepper patch to your heels. Next you need to go to bed, take cover with a warm blanket and fall asleep. During sleep, profuse sweating will occur and by morning you will feel much better.
To faster get rid of a sore throat and an unpleasant sensation of tickling, it is necessary to gargle with a decoction of chamomile or sage at least 4-5 times a day. Decoctions of herbs have a softening effect and relieve inflammation of the nasopharynx. For signs of a cold, it’s good to chew slices of lemon peel or gargle with lemon juice. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C - the main antioxidant that helps the body resist disease.
With a cold runny nose causes a lot of inconvenience and suffering, intensifying at night and depriving full sleep. Therefore, most people prefer to quickly get rid of nasal congestion with various nasal sprays and drops, such as galazolin, otrivin, sanorin, naphthyzine and others. With all the variety of names, they all operate according to the same pattern - they strongly narrow the blood vessels and thereby establish free breathing. However, you can use nasal drugs no more than 3-4 times a day, with more frequent and prolonged use they are addictive and chronic rhinitis.
Much safer to treat runny nose tried folk remedies, for example, instill in the nose a warm olive or sea buckthorn oil, vitamin A. Onions and garlic help to get rid of a cold more quickly. Grate the onion head or a clove of garlic, put the gruel in a piece of gauze and sit their juice. For one tablespoon of boiled water, add one drop of onion or garlic juice. It is necessary to instill a solution into the nose every hour. If the house has fresh honey, honey drops can be used to speed up the treatment for the common cold. Dilute honey with warm water in the ratio of 1 teaspoon of honey to two teaspoons of water. To instill a honey solution of 5 drops in each nostril 4-5 times a day.
For quick relieve cold symptoms It is useful to do inhalation. If you have an inhaler at home, it is convenient to use special medications for inhalation that help ease breathing and defeat the onset of a runny nose. Inhalation can also be done over a pan, breathing over a couple of potatoes, a decoction of herbs or pine buds. The best effect for colds is caused by garlic and onion inhalations. They are made as follows: put half of the hot brick on the bottom of the pan and pour finely chopped onion and garlic onto it. The teapot is closed with a lid and the onion-garlic aroma is inhaled through its nose through the mouth. In this case, exhalations must be done through the nose, exhaled air should not enter the kettle.
Quick recovering from a cold baths also help, but they can only be taken in the absence of body temperature. For the preparation of medicinal baths, decoctions of herbs, coniferous extracts and essential oils are most often used, but mustard and garlic can also be used for this purpose. Mustard and garlic baths are prepared as follows: Dissolve 400 grams of dry mustard with warm water to the consistency of sour cream, pour the mass into the bath and shake it well in water. To prepare a garlic bath, you need to crush 3 heads of garlic, put the mass in a 3-liter jar and fill it with boiling water. Then garlic water should be infused for 6-8 hours and add it to the bath.
ethnoscience He has a wide selection of drugs that can be used both in place of medicines for the treatment of colds, and in combination with them. For example, with a cold, doctors do not recommend lowering the temperature below 38 degrees while taking antipyretic drugs, but many suffer even a little body heat. To alleviate the patient's condition, grate two raw potatoes with a peel, add one tablespoon of vinegar to the resulting mass and wrap it in a clean rag or gauze. Apply a compress to the patient's forehead, and after an hour his temperature will normalize, as a result of which he will feel much better.
Stick to bed
You can just lie on the couch with a book. However, you should not go to bed too late, especially to fall asleep in front of the TV screen. Defective sleep further weakens the immune system, which greatly complicates the fight against infections.
Try to go to bed early in the evening, you can also take a nap during the day. The fact is that with the disease, prolonged sleep is a cure. But if cold symptoms keep you awake, try putting another pillow under your head. This can relieve pressure in the sinuses and make breathing easier.
A large amount of drunk fluid helps to dilute thick mucus, accelerates its excretion from the body, and prevents further accumulation. Dehydration also causes headaches and fatigue. Therefore, always have at hand a full bottle or glass of water. Refrain from drinks that lead to dehydration (coffee, alcohol, etc.).
Gargle with salt water
This is an effective method that will eliminate perspiration and reduce pain in the throat. Rinsing with saline helps to reduce swelling of the mucous membrane, thin and remove mucus. To prepare the solution, take from ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt and dilute in a cup of warm water. Gargle a few times a day until complete recovery.
Prefer warm drinks
Wrapped in a blanket and drinking hot tea, you feel comfortable, warm and cozy. In addition, doctors always recommend, in addition to the main treatment, an abundant warm drink, which allows you to maintain the body's defenses and effectively fight the disease. However, it should be noted that it is best to drink herbal decoctions, water with lemon or warm broth.
Honey perfectly envelops, softens the mucous membrane of the throat, relieves its irritation, and helps calm the cough. As the results of one study showed, children who ate about half a tablespoon of honey at night slept much better and began to cough much less. They were compared with those who received a placebo. You can also add honey to tea, or to water with lemon.
Important!Do not give honey to children under one year old!
Take a warm shower
Inhaling and exhaling steam while taking a shower helps to moisturize the mucous membranes of the nose and throat, as well as improve the outflow of sputum. And although there is disagreement about the effectiveness of such a procedure, it will not bring harm. Also, a warm shower is an effective way to eliminate muscle pain with a cold.
Try over-the-counter drugs
Medicines of this kind are used to quickly eliminate the main symptoms of the common cold and flu. In order for the medicine to bring maximum benefits, you should use it in accordance with the instructions. However, it is not recommended to give it to a child up to six years old without consulting a doctor.
- Painkillers / antipyretics. Doctors usually recommend taking paracetamol. In addition, it is found in many medicines prescribed for colds and flu. If you also take some other drugs at the same time, make sure that they do not contain paracetamol as an active substance. The fact is that exceeding the dose of this drug is prohibited. Carefully read the instructions for use and the annotation to the drug, and do not exceed the specified dose!
- Lollipops for sore throat. The composition of such drugs contains herbs, as well as other components that contribute to the removal of unpleasant sensations of burning and scratching in the throat.
- Decongestants to relieve nasal congestion. These medications help narrow the blood vessels, causing the swelling to subside, and you can breathe through your nose again. However, the use of such funds is allowed no more than 3 days. Otherwise, it can become addictive, and as a result of skipping the next dose of the drug, the opposite effect occurs.
- Expectorant contribute to the dilution of sputum and facilitate its excretion from the body.
- Antihistamines help reduce the severity of sneezing and a runny nose. In addition, the simultaneous use of decongestants and antihistamines can be much more effective.
Use saline solution to wash your nose
Sprays based on such solutions help maintain moisture in the nostrils, thereby facilitating breathing. You can also rinse the nasal cavity with saline prepared by yourself, gently pouring the solution into one nostril, and allowing it to flow from the other. Washings cleanse the mucous membrane from impurities, which improves breathing through the nose.
It is recommended to carry out such a procedure using special devices that can be purchased at the pharmacy. But an ordinary syringe, or syringe, is best suited. If you are preparing the solution yourself, use distilled or chilled boiled water.
Eat chicken stock
Most adults find chicken stock the best natural cure for all diseases. The results of numerous studies confirm that chicken stock really helps to reduce inflammatory processes in the body, and temporarily relieve the patient's condition with a cold. In addition, the broth will provide the patient with the necessary energy, which helps to fight the disease.
AllThe listed methods are worthy of attention. But it’s much better to try to strengthen immunity and protect your health,without leaving, thereby,no chance of a cold.