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How to handle cold

Admin 15 Dec, 2017 News, Wellness, Wellness and Fitness, Wellness anf Fitness

By Tola Gbadamosi
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When you end up with a cold, the symptoms often leave you feeling miserable, even if the condition itself is more routine than serious. Experts have given some remedies on what to do when you are caught in such condition.

In most cases, the common cold lasts a week or two, but people who don’t take care of themselves may be left feeling ragged longer. While there’s no cure for the common cold, there are treatments that can help reduce your symptoms while helping your body fight the virus on its own.

According to a health book which says if you are dealing with a fever, aches, and pains with your cold, take some water. This therapy will reduce your fever and they offer some pain relief for your aches and pains as well.

Wellness &Fitness had a conversation with Dr. Tony Adekunle who works with Federal Medical Centre, Owo said: decongestants offer relief if you are dealing with a runny nose or congestion. Over the counter oral decongestants are available, but it’s important to drink plenty of water with them as well. You can also find over the counter decongestant nasal sprays. Just remember, you should never use decongestant nasal sprays for more than three to five days, since they could make symptoms worse if used too long. Antihistamines may also provide some relief from the runny nose and eyes.

“However, remember that most antihistamines will make you sleepy, so use with caution.

“Many natural remedies can help ease your symptoms, and they can be used with over the counter treatments or alone but I have always seen water drinking to be the best. That is why I always tell people that , one of the best home remedies is to drink plenty of water. Colds cause the body to make more mucus, which uses up the moisture in the body.

 ” Drinking extra water can help thin out this mucus, relieving congestion and making it easier to get rid of mucus. Sipping warm liquids, such as chicken soup or some hot tea can help to sooth your throat while easing congestion. To deal with congestion, consider using a humidifier or vaporizer to add more moisture to the air.”

Adekunle further explained that “this can help loosen congestion, but it is important to change water daily. If you are experiencing a sore throat, make your own saltwater gargle. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Gargle to relieve a scratchy, sore throat.

“Symptoms generally show up a couple  of days after exposure to a virus that causes colds. The most common cold symptoms include a sore or itchy throat, a stuffy or runny nose, congestion, and coughing.

” Other symptoms you may experience when you have a cold include watery eyes, sneezing, mild headaches, body aches, mild fatigue, and low-grade fevers. Although many different viruses have the potential to cause a cold, the most common culprit is the rhinovirus, which is highly contagious.

“The cold virus enters the body through the nose, eyes, or mouth and spreads by droplets in the air, as well as hand-to-hand contact. In most cases, you don’t need to see a doctor for a common cold.”

He added that, “adults should see a medical professional if they experience severe sinus pain, fever over 103F, severely swollen glands, and a fever with chills, sweating, and a bad cough. But people who do not take care of themselves may be left feeling ragged longer. While there is no cure for the common cold, there are treatments that can help reduce your symptoms while helping your body fight the virus on its own.

“If you are dealing with a fever, aches, and pains with your cold, take a certain a mouth of water. These act will reduce your fever and they offer some pain relief for your aches and pains as well.

“Over the counter oral decongestants are available, but  the  issue is, it is important to drink plenty of water with them. You can also find over the counter decongestant nasal sprays. Just remember, you should never use decongestant nasal sprays for more than three to five days, since they could make symptoms worse if used too long.

“Antihistamines may also provide some relief from the runny nose and eyes. However, remember that most antihistamines will make you sleepy, so use with caution.

“Many natural remedies can help ease your symptoms, and they can be used with over the counter treatments or alone. One of the best home remedies is to drink plenty of water. Colds cause the body to make more mucus, which uses up the moisture in the body.

 ” Drinking extra water can help thin out this mucus, relieving congestion and making it easier to get rid of mucus. Sipping warm liquids, such as pepper soup or some hot tea can help to sooth your throat while easing congestion.

“To deal with congestion, consider using a humidifier or vaporizer to add more moisture to the air. This can help loosen congestion, but it’s important to change water daily. If you’re experiencing a sore throat, make your own saltwater gargle. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Gargle to relieve a scratchy, sore throat.

“Other symptoms you may experience when you have a cold include watery eyes, sneezing, mild headaches, body aches, mild fatigue, and low-grade fevers. Although many different viruses have the potential to cause a cold, the most common culprit is the rhinovirus, which is highly contagious.

“ The cold virus enters the body through the nose, eyes, or mouth and spreads by droplets in the air, as well as hand-to-hand contact. In most cases, you don’t need to see a doctor for a common cold. However, adults should see a medical professional if they experience severe sinus pain, fever over 103F, severely swollen glands, and a fever with sweating, and a bad cough.

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