How to treat a cold?
The common cold is the most common of infectious diseases. Its contagion is so great that even in hot countries, cases of the disease are common. In this article, we will understand what a cold is and how to treat it with the help of traditional medicine and folk remedies.
What is a cold?
In essence, the common cold is the body's response to changes in temperature. A person can get a cold very easily: once in the rain, wet his feet, eat ice cream and even go out on a warm fine day, which is abruptly replaced by coolness, which is typical of regions with a sharply continental climate. That is why in the fall in many regions of the country, doctors recommend wearing a light headdress, even in warm weather. This is necessary to protect the body from sudden local cooling. A person can catch a cold with a sharp change in air temperature only a couple of degrees! In other words, a cold wind will blow right on the open neck, and within ten seconds you can catch a cold.
Traditional medicine currently offers very effective remedies for treating colds. They can be divided into preventive (auxiliary) and medical ones.
To prophylactic agents include all those that prevent the occurrence of colds. These include vitamins, especially vitamin C.
Treatments include antiviral medications that doctors recommend for the prevention of influenza. These include "Kagocel", "Arbidol", "Grippferon". Also often use powder mixtures that contain paracetamol and vitamin C, for example, Coldrex and Theraflu.
"Iodinol" and "Malavit" are suitable for gargling. The latter has a stiffening property, so you need to be careful with it.
For nasal vasoconstrictor drops, for example, "Nazivin". It is not recommended to use oil drops, as they, as a rule, do not give a useful effect.
Learn about medicines that are useful for colds, you can from the article What medicines to take for colds.
Traditional medicine also offers good treatments for colds.In addition, it allows to save considerably on medications, and also, if used correctly, has a beneficial effect on the liver and kidneys. As the most popular means it is customary to use honey. It can be added to hot tea and consumed several times a day.
Perfectly copes with cold and raspberry - fresh berries, and also jam to help you.
In order to prevent the virus from spreading in the throat, you need to rinse it with a solution of soda and salt. Calculation: one cup - one teaspoon of soda and two teaspoons of salt.
Despite all the effectiveness of the tools described above, you should not, however, fully rely on traditional medicine. The best way to deal with a cold is a combination of medicines and folk remedies. You can find other tips on how to cure a cold in the article How to Treat a Cold.
Cold treatment during pregnancy
It is obvious that it is better to treat colds during pregnancy with drugs that do not harm the body. Antibiotics should be excluded. Doctors recommend that pregnant women use the following remedies for the common cold:
- mustard plasters;
- "Citramon" or "Paracetamol" for reducing fever;
- drink plenty (tea with honey or raspberries).
- "Nazivin" for instillation into the nose. Do not confuse with "Naphthyzin" - this drug is often presented in the form of oil drops, which do not have a vasoconstrictor effect.
Pregnant women should not take too large doses of Paracetamol to reduce fever. It is necessary to abandon such means as "Theraflu" or "Coldrex", as they contain a lot of paracetamol. A cold can hardly affect a child’s health if it is cured in time. And to prevent colds, dress warmly, maintain a comfortable temperature in the apartment, eat foods rich in vitamins.