Everything You Need To Know About The Common Cold
There are a large array of symptoms that people tend to associate with the common cold, and while they may not be the same for every person it’s safe to assume that if you have a number of these symptoms that you’re coming down with a cold. Keep in mind that if any of these symptoms last for more than a week or so it’s always recommend to go and see your local medical professional just to make sure nothing is seriously wrong.
Some of the most common symptoms of the cold are:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- High fever
- Sore throat
Thankfully, there are many naturals remedies for a cold that will help ease the symptoms as well as lessen the amount of time that you are sick. Some of these include:
If possible you should make a small investment in a basic humidifier for your home, especially in your bedroom. The humidity will help loosen the mucus, thus making it drain, leaving you feeling much less congested. This will also significantly reduce the risk of a sinus infection.
There are many nasal rinses that will help disinfect and loosen up the mucus in your sinus. These are most commonly just simple saline solutions. It is important to keep in mind that if you are going to make your own rinses that you should NOT use table salt. This will cause far too much dryness which could lead to bloody noses as well as sinus infections. More often than not you can find nasal saline in the health section of any grocery store, and it is far and away worth spending a little extra money avoid further complications.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is true even when you’re sick. Eating fresh fruits and drinking juice is a great way to kick-start your immune system. This will help you fight off your infection faster, as well as soothe your sore throat.
It’s a well-known fact that your body recovers when you’re asleep. Therefore, when you’re sick you should spend as much time as possible sleeping. Even if you aren’t asleep you should be taking it easy. This means putting your workout routine on hold, calling out of work and cancelling those fun plans you had with your friends. The last thing you would want to do is get someone else sick.
When to call a doctor
While natural remedies can be very effective, it’s important to listen to your body when it isn’t feeling well. If your symptoms don’t start getting better within a week or so you should go and see a doctor immediately. Here are a few other symptoms that should make you consider seeking out a health professional:
- It’s been several weeks and you aren’t sure what to do
- Your mucus is becoming thick and green
- Your fever isn’t coming down.
- Your cough is so intense that it causes you to vomit or choke
- Body aches that persist for more than a day
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