For respiratory problems, coughs can be dry, debilitating, productive, frequent, or infrequent, but they almost always need to be treated. One of the means of treating diseases accompanied by cough is the application of compresses.
It is necessary
- - Apple vinegar;
- - honey;
- - alcohol;
- - warm mashed potatoes;
- - mustard;
- - butter;
- - gauze napkins;
- - waterproof paper;
- - polyethylene film;
- - a warm towel or blanket.
Prepare the ingredients for the compress. Each type of cough has its own formulations. A mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey is good for the initial signs of the disease, when the cough is just beginning. Bronchitis is treated with alcohol and honey compresses, warm mashed potatoes save from debilitating attacks of dry cough. Oil compresses help stop persistent coughs, and mustard treats chronic conditions. Almost all ingredients should be heated - either in a water bath, or boiled or melted. The essence of compresses is in deep heating of tissues, therefore cold wraps are done only with vinegar and are aimed at stopping the disease at the initial stage.
A mixture for a compress is laid out on a gauze napkin or thin cloth (or the tissue is moistened in liquid or oil), then applied to the patient's body (the area of the heart cannot be touched), everything is covered on top with a layer of special paper for compresses or plastic wrap. The very last layer - wrapping the patient's body with a terry towel or warm woolen scarf, blanket.
If the skin is delicate and sensitive, which is often the case in women and children, then it must be lubricated with a small amount of any vegetable oil - active components such as mustard can leave serious burns on the tissues.
All warming compresses are done only if a person does not have a temperature - in case of fever and even a slight increase in body temperature, warm up the chest? it is impossible. During the procedure, make sure that the person is warmly dressed and not exposed to drafts.
Usually, cough compresses are left overnight - this way the effectiveness of the procedure is higher. But for some types of wrapping, a half-hour exposure is enough - for example, an oil, honey or vinegar compress.
After removing the compress, the skin should be cleaned of traces of the procedure, wiped dry, lubricated with a nourishing cream and wrapped, creating dry heat - it is very important not to go outside after that, but to stay warm.