- Posted March 30, 2015 by
The Dos and Don’ts for Common Cold
Many of the methods advised to ward off the common cold are based on pseudoscience rather than fact. Common cold is a contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract, specifically nose and throat.
Covering your chest with brown paper and vinegar, soaking your feet in hot water or wearing wet socks are old cures for the common cold and can seem laughable in light of modern medicine. So what works and what doesn’t?
Risks Of Getting Common Cold:
1. Age – Cold is very common in infants and preschoolers because they are in close contact with other children and do not wash hands more often.
2. Immune System – The immune system in young children is not mature, so it hasn’t developed resistance to these kind of viruses and are most vulnerable to catch cold easily.
3. Smoking – As we know that smoking kills, but it starts with weakening your immune system and later on stops the body’s natural self-defense against cold and other viruses.
4. Seasons – It is easier to catch cold in winters because of close contact with others as people stay home more often in winters. But in the rainy season, bacteria float in air very easily so there is a high rate of catching cold in the rainy season. But in dry season the mucus membrane gets dry and causes an itchy throat plus a dry nose too.
5. Stress – It makes the body vulnerable to catch cold more often, because mentally and physically the person is tired, so the body is not able to counter attack the virus.
Symptoms Of Common Cold:
It disturbs the routine for almost 2 to 14 days on an average. The symptoms start to appear two days after the body has become infected. Main symptoms are nasal congestion, slight pain in muscles, low fewer, cough, watery eyes, sneezing, mild fatigue, runny nose and sore throat.
How Does Common Cold Spread:
Cold spreads when a person comes in contact with a cold virus infected person, or through contaminated fingers, or when droplets of contaminated fluid are inhaled when the infected person sneezes, speaks, wipes nose or coughs.
Home Remedies For Common Cold:
1. Don’t dose up on vitamin C (but boost your zinc).
2. Don’t take antibiotics, but do think about cold assistance pills.
3. Do take a spoonful of honey (but beware of further herbal medications).
For more details, visit: http://www.researchomatic.com/vitamin-c-and-common-cold-137368.html