Who hasn’t had the case of the sniffles? The common cold is a non-terminal condition that can afflict men, women, and children. Nearly everyone, if not all people on earth, are susceptible to this sickness. More technically known as acute coryza, the common cold is brought about by infection by viruses like rhinoviruses or coronaviruses.
What are the symptoms of the common cold? Usually a person would feel stuffiness in the nose, sometimes runny nose accompanied by sneezing. The cold may also involve headaches, mild fevers, and chills, as well as loss of appetite. In some cases of the common cold, one can feel muscle aches, fatigue, as well as weakness of the muscles. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to more than a week.
Even though medicine and the world of technology has made great advances over the past years, there still is no surefire way to cure or completely eradicate the common cold. There is no vaccine that has been developed that will ever prevent any child from acquiring the condition. However, there are several ways to alleviate the symptoms associated with the common cold. Follow these how to’s so you can say goodbye to the common cold and perhaps not meet the virus again anytime soon.
First of all, make sure you support your immune system. Drinking juices rich in vitamin C and consuming fruits and vegetables that are high in this antioxidant helps provide resistance against infections brought about by the rhinovirus or coronavirus.
Secondly, when you feel you have the sniffles, consume a lot of liquids. Avoid drinking very cold drinks as this can contribute to soreness in the throat. You can take over the counter drugs that help relieve the nasal congestion as well as soothe the throat from irritation. There are drugs called antihistamines that help reduce runny nose or sneezing, by suppressing the production of the allergy substance histamine in the blood.
As the classic remedy always goes, chicken soup is not only good for the soul, but of course for the common cold. Drinking warm liquids can help relieve the symptoms of the common cold, as well as reduce the occurrence of chills. At the present, even modern medical methods make use of herbal remedies to help cure the common cold. Examples of these are licorice, ginger, chamomile, mint, and garlic.