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What is Cold / Running Nose ?

Home Remedies for coldThe common cold (also known as nasopharyngitis, rhinopharyngitis, acute coryza, or a cold) is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system which affects primarily the nose. Symptoms include a cough, sore throat, runny nose, and fever which usually resolve in seven to ten days, with some symptoms lasting up to three weeks. Well over 200 viruses are implicated in the cause of the common cold; the rhinoviruses are the most common. There is no cure for the common cold but the symptoms can be treated. It is the most frequent infectious disease in humans with the average adult contracting two to three colds a year and the average child contracting between six and twelve. These infections have been with humanity since antiquity.

Cold / Running Nose Causes:

  1. The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The most commonly implicated virus is a rhinovirus (30–80%).
  2. The common cold virus is typically transmitted either via airborne droplets or contact with infected nasal secretions or other contaminated objects. The viruses may survive for prolonged periods in the environment and can be picked up by people's hands and subsequently carried to their eyes or nose where infection occurs.[13] People sitting in close proximity appear at greater risk
  3. The traditional folk theory is that a cold can be "caught" by prolonged exposure to cold weather such as rain or winter conditions, which is how the disease got its name.
  4. Poor immune function is also a risk factor for disease
  5. Insufficient sleep and malnutrition have been associated with a greater risk of developing infection following rhinovirus exposure; this is believed to be due to their effects on immune function

Cold / Running Nose Symptoms:

  1. A stuffy nose that is accompanied with runny discharge in most cases.
  2. An itchy and sore throat.
  3. Change in speech, which becomes quite hoarse and/or nasal
  4. Watering of the eyes
  5. Headaches
  6. Fever that is low grade in nature
  7. Aches all over the body and in the joints and muscles
  8. Overall feeling of fatigue

Cold / Running Nose Prevention:

  1. As a deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can weaken the immune system, it is important to have a healthy, balanced diet. Ensure a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and limit junk food.
  2. Regular physical exercise will help you keep healthy, strong and protected from illness.
  3. Regular hand washing appears to be effective at reducing the transmission of cold viruses
  4. Zinc supplementation may be effective at decreasing the rate of colds. Routine vitamin C supplementation does not reduce the risk or severity of the common cold, though it may reduce its duration.

Cold / Running Nose Home Remedies:

  1. Garlic: Cloves of garlic, boiled in water and consumed as a soup, provide relief from the symptoms of a cold. The antiseptic and antispasmodic nature of garlic mitigates the discomfort.
  2. Ginger: Ginger tea, mixed with honey and drunk hot, provides soothing relief to the throat and clears the feeling of heavy headedness.
  3. Turmeric: The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can help ease the symptoms of a cold and rejuvenate the infected person. It is best to consume a hot glass of turmeric and ginger mixed in milk, before retiring for the night.
  4. Steam: Steam inhalation is an effective home remedy for coughing and headaches that mitigates the intensity of the pain.
  5. Gargles: Saline gargles are helpful to soothe an itchy and sore throat.
  6. Lime: Lime juice mixed with a glass full of warm water and a spoon of honey is a good remedy against common cold
  7. Pepper: Boil 5 to 10 black pepper with equal quantity of sugar cubes in about 300 grams of water until one forth of water is left. Consume this hot, thrice a day for resolving the common cold problem.
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