What is common cold?
As a mom, I always get worried when one of my kids starts sneezing and blowing his nose; there’s no doubt, he has caught the cold virus.
My real worry is that it can be contagious! So right away, I try to get rid of it using natural remedies.
The “rhinovirus” causes the common cold. This can be spread in the air and transmitted to other individuals through sneezing or coughing. There are less potent viruses such as coronavirus, adenovirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) which can also cause a cold.
People with cold are usually unaware that hand-mouth contact can pass on the virus to other members of the family, office mates, and others that they may come in contact through hand shakes or kiss. Frequently touched objects like door knobs, keys, hand rails, telephones, grocery carts or computer keyboards can transmit the virus.
Signs and symptoms
How do you know you’ve caught the virus? Watch out for these signs and symptoms.
- Congestion. Nose can be stuffy as mucus production results to runny nose.
- Sneezing. Oftentimes, congestion can be relieved by involuntary sneezing or by blowing your nose.
- Headache. You feel full in the head because of the thick mucus that presses to the sinus area. The nasal or sinus area can blocked due to the build up of thick mucus.
- Watery eyes. Have you noticed that your eyes is runny or that you have more tears than usual?
- Itchy nose or eyes. When you have colds, you feel that you want to scratch your nose or eyes.
- Sore throat. Throat can also be scratchy and feels painful to swallow.
- Cough. Dry and cough with phlegm can accompany your cold symptoms. If you cough up green or yellow mucus, then see the doctor.
- Mild fever. Children with cold often have fever. Check your child’s temperature and if it goes beyond 101 then it’s time to call the doctor.
- Tiredness. Sneezing and coughing can disturb your sleep and your daily activity causing you to feel tired and weak.
Top 5 natural remedies for cold
Here are mother-tested natural remedies for the common cold – rest, hot soup, water or fluids, steam inhaling and gargling.
- Rest . Since common cold is a viral infection, the first thing to do is to have a complete rest. Continued activity will weaken your immune system. Slow down from work and get a good rest.
- Hot soup. As early as the 12th century, hot chicken soup with organic vegetables helped relieve cold and cough. The vitamins and minerals from the chicken soup are very important in treating cold and increasing the patient’s energy to fight the virus. The hot liquid helps to thin the mucus secretions
- Steam. Steam and aromatherapy can get rid of congestion. Sitting in the shower with warm steam can loosen up the thick mucus secretion. You can always improvise if you don’t have a hot shower at home. Using eucalyptus oil or Vick’s vapor rub dissolved in the steam bath or inhaler has an antiseptic and expectorant effect that can relieve cold and cough.
- Gargling. Gargling with salt can remove bacteria from the throat. But letting your kids gargle can be hard. To make salt gargle to relieve sore throat, simply mix about ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Vigorously stir until salt is dissolved totally before gargling.
- Water or fluids. Drinking more than eight (8) glasses of water when you have cold can work magic! Avoid getting dehydrated when you have cold virus because it can weaken your resistance to other diseases. Aside from water therapy, you can drink lots of fluids like tea and juices. Hot water for tea is alright but fruit juices must be at room temperature. Do not use hot water because it can lose the essential vitamins, especially vitamin C, in the fruit juices.
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