Common colds are called viral diseases of the upper respiratory tract, occurring in a mild form. The most common of them are acute respiratory disease (ARI) and acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI). These diseases are easily recognized and can be treated at home.
- - salt
- - milk
- - honey
- - butter and sunflower oil
- - pharmacy herbs
- - cranberry
- - essential oils
- - radish
- - lemon
Start treatment at the first symptoms of a cold. It can be cough, runny nose, sore throat, general weakness. The sooner you take action, the sooner the disease will subside. However, take your time to rush to your doctor for a prescription for antibiotics; try proven home remedies first.
Drink plenty of warm liquid, green or herbal tea with honey is ideal. Use a natural antibiotic: cranberries, puree from berries, add boiling water to it, strain and consume throughout the day. If you are not allergic to bee products, use honey in other medicinal products. For example, mix it with radish juice (it stands out if you make a cone-shaped depression in the vegetable and leave it in a closed saucepan for several hours).
Dissolve a quarter teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle with the resulting solution when coughing, and in case of a runny nose, instill a few drops in each nostril two to three times a day. After the procedure, lubricate the nostrils with petroleum jelly or “Star” balm. Alternatively, heat a few teaspoons of salt in a dry frying pan, pour into a tissue bag or handkerchief and apply to the sinuses. In the same way, you can warm your nose with a hot baked potato.
Gargle with decoctions of medicinal herbs. Take one tablespoon of dried sage or chamomile leaves and boil in a glass of boiling water. Cool to room temperature and use every few hours throughout the day. If you trust aromatherapy, try a massage with plant essential oils. Mix five drops each of sage, chamomile, and eucalyptus oil with four tablespoons of sunflower oil. Rub the mixture on your neck and back before bed.
Do not ignore general medical advice for people with colds. Avoid heavy fatty foods, prefer chicken broth, green apples, lemons, warm milk with a lump of butter. Ventilate the room often. If possible, stay in bed, sleep in woolen socks and with a scarf around your neck.
Be sure to see your doctor if your cold only gets worse after a few days of active treatment. New emerging symptoms of the disease, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, should also be a reason for a visit to a doctor.