Prevent and Cure the Common Cold
The Comprehensive Guide
There are over 200 different cold viruses that cause the "cold".
Over half of them are rhinoviruses. It is an acute
infection involving the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, sinuses
and bronchial tubes).
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Natural Home Remedies to Prevent and
Cure the Common Cold
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on the common cold
The cold virus
is highly contagious and easily spreads via the air. You
can "catch" the virus by breathing in contaminated air (which contains
the virus), touching a contaminated object or a handshake. The virus
enters your body via your eyes (tear ducts), nose or mouth. It then
attaches to the mucous membranes in the nose and sinuses.
will do nothing to help cure or treat the common cold; antibiotics kill
bacteria only, not viruses. Most non-prescription
over-the-counter "cold remedies" are designed to lessen the cold
symptoms. They do not help prevent or cure the common cold.
anyone can catch the cold, young children (preschool and elementary
school students) are more likely to get it. Indeed, as you get older
and have more exposure to the cold virus, you actually develop some
immunity to it.
Studies have shown that not everyone who is exposed to this virus will
get symptoms of the cold or even catch the cold.
are some common symptoms of the common cold?
of the common cold can vary quite a bit from one person to
another. Usually these symptoms develop gradually (unlike the flu which
can develop suddenly and severely).
Most of these symptoms will
disappear in 5-7 days although some symptoms, like the cough, can
for up to 14 days. Most people make a complete recovery although some
people may develop complications such as sinus infection, pneumonia,
strep throat and bronchitis.
The following is a list of common symptoms people with the cold may
- tickle in the throat (or scratchy throat)
- body ache
- chills (mild)
- blocked eustachian (ear) tubes
- nasal congestion (stuff nose)
- nasal discharge (runny nose)
- mild fever
- watery eyes
- loss of appetite (mild)
cold vs. the flu (Influenza) - What are the differences?
The flu (influenza), also caused by a virus, can be a serious health
condition as it can cause pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung-related
|Common Cold Symptoms
||Flu (Influenza) Symptoms
|Weakness, sore throat, congestion and body
||Weakness, sore throat, congestion and body
|Symptoms develop more gradually and are not
||Sudden onset of severe aching, pain and
|Usually there's no fever or that it's mild
||High fever and chills
|Mild fatigue; you can still "function",
although not as efficiently
|Severe fatigue and discomfort requiring bed
you have flu symptoms, you should follow up with your family doctor,
especially if you have a history of problems with your respiratory
long do you remain contagious once you have
it? What is the incubation period?
Once you catch
a cold and show symptoms, you will be contagious for the next two to
can appear as fast as within 10 hours of catching the virus. The
incubation period (when you don't have any symptoms) typically ranges
from two to five days. In some individuals, the incubation period could
be very long; they carry the virus but don't display any symptoms of
the common cold.
else can I do to prevent catching or to get relief from the common
Wash hands frequently and keep it away from
eyes, nose and mouth.
Rest and get enough sleep.
Exercise regularly to maintain total body and
Control and reduce
- Maintain a healthy diet consisting of more
fruits and vegetables.
Chicken soap containing ginger, scallions and
rice noodles is helpful in fighting the common cold.
Meditation may be helpful to regulate the
immune system and reduce stress.
Salt water gargle helps with sore throat.
- Use a nasal lubricant gel to keep the nose
moist and prevent irritation from frequent nose blowing.
Humidify the air with a humidifier to make
your sore throat more comfortable.
easily spreads the virus. Cover your mouth and nose and sneeze into a
tissue or onto your shirt sleeve. Wash your hands right after. Sneeze
towards to floor to avoid making the virus airborne.
Don't share cups, knives, forks and spoons in
Use separate face towels and hand towels.
away from those with a cold when possible. Indeed, crowded living and
working areas increases the chance that you might catch a cold.
Disinfect your bathroom especially if someone
in the house has a cold.
Sleep in a separate room if possible to avoid
transmitting the virus to your spouse or children.
Wear a face mask (N95 type) if practical to
avoid spreading the virus.
- Smoking increases the likelihood of getting a
cold as it weakens the immune system.
diet should I be on if I want to prevent or cure the common cold?
A healthy diet goes a long way to allow your body to fight off the
common cold virus.
should eat more of...
- Water, lemon or herbal tea - prevents
- Fruits and vegetables
- Light meals are recommended
- Increase garlic, ginger and onions intake
Foods to avoid...
- Sugar - It negatively affects the immune system
- Avoid fruit juice as they are high in sugar
content. You may dilute the juice first to reduce the amount of sugar
you take in.
- Diary products - Milk and cheese may worsen
congestion as they seem to promote mucus production.
getting wet or exposure of your body to cold weather cause the cold?
a myth that's still floating around today. To get the cold, you
need to get the cold virus. No cold virus, no colds. It's that
exposing your body to cold or damp weather does weaken your immune
system a bit. This may increase the chance that you might catch the
cold virus if it's floating around somewhere.
Ultimately, a healthy
fully functioning immune system is the best way to prevent the common
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