Common cold is like that unwanted guest who visits you once in a while. Cold doesn’t require medical intervention. It is not a serious health problem. It is actually less debilitating, but more of an annoyance.

It is annoying because even though it doesn’t completely confine you to the bed, it can interfere big-time with your day-to-day activities affecting your performance.

Sneezes are the most irritating part of having a cold. You might feel that you are going to sneeze and blow everything in your way but the cold doesn’t grant you that relief. You can even try picking a petal off a flower and do “I’m going to sneeze, maybe not”. A case has to be made for a cold-related headache. The cold continues to show it’s affecting for a week and below are its symptoms

SYMPTOMS OF COMMON COLD:

The following are the most common symptoms of the common cold.

  • Running Nose
  • Sneezing
  • General fatigue
  • A headache
  • Body aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • A cough
  • A sore throat

REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD:

In most of the cases, cold can be managed with the help of natural remedies. You don’t need a super resourceful butler like Mr Jeeves with a magical recipe to get rid of common cold. All you need to do is to follow a few simple remedies listed below which can comfort you during your episode with the terrible cold.

1)Drink plenty of Fluids:

Even if the weather is cold and there is no urge to drink water, you have to keep drinking every now and then. It is important for your body to stay hydrated for easy mucus clearing and a speedy recovery.

2)Ginger:

A common spice found in most of the kitchens is known for its health benefits. All you have to do is to prepare a juice with a mix of ginger, hot-water, and honey. If you are a tea-fan what better time you can find to savour a hot-ginger tea and get a relief from a sore throat.

3)Turmeric milk:

Turmeric contains curcumin which is known for its antibiotic and antioxidant properties.   Drinking a warm milk mixed with a teaspoon of turmeric before going to bed will provide a great relief from cold and cough.

4)Honey:

Raw honey has a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Its antioxidants act as a strong agent for boosting the immune system to combat the virus and bacteria that cause cold. This can be taken with a glass of warm milk or boiled water

5)Soup:

Soups are not just good appetizers, they are also effective in getting a quick relief from the cold.  A hot soup made of fresh vegetables, a chicken soup or broth can help in loosing up the mucus secretion.

6) Warm baths:

Warm baths improve the blood circulation and offer an instant relief from the stuffy nose. Nothing helps a like a warm bath in rejuvenating. Adding Epsom salt to the warm water will also help in reducing the body-aches. The steam will also help in draining the mucus.

It is essential to have a strong immune system for quick recovery from the cold.  Sleep strengthens the immune system and helps in warding off the virus or bacteria that cause the cold. So, ensure that you get adequate sleep for a speedy recovery.

If your cold does not subside after trying home remedies, its time to visit our ENT super specialists at India’s Best ENT Hospital