Home Remedies for Cold

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Symptoms:

The symptoms of a common cold begin within a few days of the incubation period of the cold virus. The symptoms for a common cold that are often seen, in the young and old alike, include:

A stuffy nose that is accompanied with runny discharge in most cases.

An itchy and sore throat.

Change in speech, which becomes quite hoarse and/or nasal

Watering of the eyes

Headaches

Fever that is low grade in nature

Aches all over the body and in the joints and muscles

Overall feeling of fatigue

In children, the heavy headedness and nasal congestion can make them quite irritable, and this adds to their overall discomfort. The symptoms for a common cold generally improve generally in a week’s time. Medical attention needs to be sought if one or any of the symptoms cause considerable discomfort to the person and if they persist over two weeks.
 

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A common cold has to run its course before the individual feels any better. Most over the counter medications for the common cold simply provide temporary relief from the discomfort caused by the symptoms of the infection. As the infection is viral, there is little that medications can do to actually cure the condition. For this reason home remedies for common cold are extremely popular. Natural remedies for a common cold can help to facilitate recovery and provide relief from most symptoms. Because of the recurring nature of coughs and colds most people prefer to rely on home remedies for coughs and colds. Some such remedies include:

Lemon and honey mixed in warm water can be consumed twice a day. The high concentration of vitamin C improves the resistance of the body, lowers the toxic nature of the infection, and reduces the total duration of the cold.

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. The oil contained in the garlic is also beneficial in opening up the airways, thus facilitating better respiration.

Ginger is also used as one of the home remedies for a cough and cold. Ginger tea, mixed with honey and drunk hot, provides soothing relief to the throat and clears the feeling of heavy headedness.

Natural cold remedies also include the use of turmeric. The anti-inflammatory properties of this root 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.

A runny nose is a common symptom associated with a cold. To address a running nose a home remedy banks on the benefits of inhaling the vapors of turmeric, apple cider vinegar, or eucalyptus oil that can be added to steaming water water. This helps loosen the secretions, thus enhancing the discharge through your nose.

Steam inhalation is an effective home remedy for coughing and headaches that mitigates the intensity of the pain. The headaches associated with a cold are typically because of congestion. The vapors inhaled cause a discharge of the mucus, helping clear congestion.

Saline gargles are helpful to soothe an itchy and sore throat. The use of humidifiers may also be helpful, particularly if you spend most of your time indoors.
 

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