A stuffy nose and cough getting you down? A cold or flu is caused by a viral infection. Prescription medication only assists in reducing the symptoms, but there’s no cure for the common cold.
Usually a cold lasts for seven days (the normal time the virus lasts in your body before it is eliminated). Prevention is better than cure.
Here are a few tips you can follow to avoid catching a cold:
- Avoid crowded places during seasons such as winters and the rainy season. This is because a cold can be transmitted by particles in the air, as well as contact with an infected person.
- If you have been near a person who is suffering from the flu, avoid touching your nose or face. This precaution protects you from transferring the infection from your hands into your respiratory system.
- Remember to always gargle with a warm salt water solution.
- A hand sanitizer can go a long way in protecting you from catching a cold.
- If you have a cold, always remember to carry enough tissues. Discard the used tissues regularly to avoid the infection lingering around.
- A common precaution to prevent your cold from spreading is to cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough. This reduces the chances of spreading the infection.
Here are a few home remedies that could help relieve the symptoms:
Tip 1 : Crush a tablespoon of carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a muslin cloth. Hold the bundle near your nose and inhale whenever you feel the discomfort of a blocked nose.
Tip 2: Drinking milk with pepper powder and a pinch of turmeric before bed, helps to relieve stuffiness and induce sleep.
Tip 3: For an irritable throat, a mixture of honey and ginger juice is very helpful. It helps to relieve the throat and suppresses cough.
Tip 4: Coarsely pound ginger is boiled in a cup of water till the water reduces to half the original volume, add some honey and drink hot at bedtime.
First Published: Jul 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM